February 22-23, 2013
Creating the Conditions and Building the Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World was the title of the Middle Power Initiative’s Berlin Framework Forum, a new initiative designed to help implement the decisions of the 2010 NPT Review Conference leading to the elimination of nuclear weapons.
(L-R): Amb. Mohamed Higazy (Egypt); Amb. Hellmut Hoffmann, (Germany); Ms. Uta Zapf, MP, Germany, PNND Co-President; Dr. Ernst Hillebrand, Friedrich Ebert Foundation; Amb. Rolf Nikel, Commissioner of the German Federal Government for Arms Control and Disarmament; MPI Chairman Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba; H.E. Mr. Ralph Scheide, (Austria); Dr. Wolfgang Maier, Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Ms. Susanne Baumann, Head of Division, Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Foreign Ministry of Germany.
26 governments, 12 parliamentarians (from Germany as well as other states), the United Nations and some of the preeminent research institutions in the field took part in the February 20-22 event.
The conference was presided over by Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, in his first public function as the Chairman of MPI, and by Ambassador Rolf Nikel, Commissioner of the German Federal Government for Arms Control and Disarmament. The Forum was sponsored by MPI and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Rissho Kosei-kai.
GSI is a founding member of the Middle Powers Initiative.
For more on the Berlin Framework Forum, read here.