In the context of Italy’s Presidency of the G-8, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Security Project and the World Political Forum will co-host a conference on “Overcoming Nuclear Dangers” in Rome on 16-17 April.
The principal objective for the meeting is to facilitate a dialogue on the vision of a nuclear weapons-free world and the steps necessary to reduce nuclear threats. The event hopes to help transform this vision into a joint consensus building enterprise aimed at reversing global reliance on nuclear weapons. This vital contribution to preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and their falling into potentially dangerous hands, could ultimately lead to eliminating them as a threat to the world.
The agenda includes presentations by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State William Perry, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.
The meeting will bring together more than 70 former and current government officials and experts from over 20 countries on 6 continents.
The conference will consist of four panels focused on:
- Creating a "joint enterprise" among all nations for a nuclear weapons-free world;
- Assessing alternative paths to achieving a nuclear weapons-free world;
- Addressing the safe expansion of nuclear energy;
- Strengthening the security of nuclear materials around the globe;
Italy has long been committed to strengthening international non-proliferation and threat reduction initiatives, and is actively working to help reduce these dangers in support of the 2010 Review Conference of the Non-proliferation Treaty.
Shultz, Perry, Nunn and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger have joined together to form the Nuclear Security Project, a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in cooperation with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. The Project is built on the ideas set forth in two Wall Street Journal op-ed articles by the above four men linking the vision of a nuclear weapons-free world with specific steps that can be taken immediately to reduce nuclear dangers.
An international NGO founded in Piedmont (Italy) by President Gorbachev, The World Political Forum acts as meeting point for cultures, religions, political leaders and civil society—an open forum where analysis of the issue of interdependence provides a framework for the building of a New World Political Architecture.
Only the following sessions will be open to the media:
Thursday 16 April
- Video opportunity in the International Conference Room at 12:00 noon: film and photo coverage of the opening speeches by Minister Franco Frattini, Mikhail Gorbachev and George Shultz.
Friday 17 April
- Video opportunity in the International Conference Room at 12:30: film and photo coverage of the closing speeches by Minister Franco Frattini, Mikhail Gorbachev and George Shultz.
- Final press conference at 13:00