Perspectives on the Middle East WMD-Free Zone

Perspectives on the Middle East WMD-Free Zone

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the European Union (EU) hosted a hybrid side event on “Perspectives on the Middle East WMD-Free Zone” on the margins of the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the 2026 NPT Review Conference.


The event was an opportunity to introduce the second phase of UNIDIR Middle East WMD-Free Zone Project, including its scope and main objectives. 


A recording of this event can be found on our YouTube channel, and below.


The event featured opening remarks by EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen, followed by a presentation by UNIDIR Project Head, Dr. Chen Zak Kane and a discussion with senior diplomats and experts.



  • Mr. Bassem Hassan, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of the Disarmament and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt

  • Ambassador Jeanne Mrad, Acting Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations, New York; and President of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Ambassador Adam M. Scheinman, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, United States of America




Thursday, 03 August, 2023; 13:15 – 14:30 CEST. The event took place in the Press Room, Vienna International Centre.


For inquiries, please contact Anne-Laure Souissi-Sans (