Nuclear Risk Reduction: From Ideas to Action

Hybrid (Geneva and Online), Side Event to NPT PrepCom
29 July 2024
Nuclear Risk Reduction: From Ideas to Action

Many states and regional groups have expressed increasing concern over nuclear risks. Summing up this sentiment, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation”. And while some steps to decrease nuclear risks have been taken, much more needs to be done. 

To address this issue, UNIDIR and Switzerland are hosting a side event on “Nuclear Risk Reduction: From Ideas to Action” at the Second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2026 NPT Review Conference. The event will present different approaches to reducing nuclear risks inside and outside of the NPT review process, take stock of proposed and implemented risk reduction measures and discuss practical solutions for moving forward. 


  • Amb. Julien Thöni, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament – Opening remarks.
  • Amb. Robert in den Bosch, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – Opening remarks.
  • Mr. Fredrik Brogeland Laache, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Norway – Opening remarks.
  • Amb. Michael Biontino, Co-chair of the Working Group 3, Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament (CEND).
  • Ms. Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Deputy Director-General, Head of Department for Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Export control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
  • Amb. Shen Jian, Permanent Representative of People’s Republic of China to the Conference on Disarmament.
  • Amb. Lucy Duncan, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to United Nations and other international agencies in Geneva.
  • Mr. Andrey Baklitskiy, Senior Researcher, WMD Programme, UNIDIR.

The event will be moderated by Ms. Sarah-Ruth Opatowski, Research Assistant, WMD Programme and ME WMD-Free Zone Project, UNIDIR.

*Additional speakers to be announced.

**A light lunch will be served from 12:45.

When and where

This event takes place on Monday 29 July 2024, 13:15-14:45 CEST, online and room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Please consult this website to find your local time.


The event is primarily aimed at delegations to the NPT Preparatory Committee and representatives of the civil society. 


For virtual participation, kindly register here to attend. In-person attendance does not require registration, please note UNIDIR does not assist with access to UNOG.  The link to access the briefing will be provided by email only to registered participants. The event will take place in English. Please contact Sarah-Ruth Opatowski ( if you have any questions.