What’s Next for Nuclear Risk Reduction

What’s Next for Nuclear Risk Reduction

Concerns over nuclear risks have been steadily growing over the past decade, leading the UN Secretary General António Guterres to describe the current situation as “a time of nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War”. As a response, efforts to address nuclear risk have started across different fora. The 2022 NPT Review Conference draft Final Document prominently featured nuclear risk reduction measures. However, multiple approaches still exist on how to address nuclear risk in the most efficient way.

UNIDIR and the Government of Switzerland hosted a side event “What’s Next for Nuclear Risk Reduction” on the sidelines of the Preparatory Committee for the Eleventh Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The event discussed recent and ongoing strains of work and investigated what could be done to move the nuclear risk reduction agenda forward collectively.

The speakers included: 

  • Amb. Benno Laggner, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the IAEA and CTBTO,  

  • Mr. Andrey Baklitskiy, Senior Researcher at UNIDIR, 

  • Ms. Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Director of IONP Program at VCDNP, 

  • Ms. Alexandra Bell, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US State Department, 

  • Ms. María Antonieta Jáquez Huacuja, Coordinator for Disarmament and Nonproliferation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Mexico  


Watch the recording of this event on our Youtube Channel, and below.



Hybrid Format – Tuesday, August 1, 2023 | 13:15–14:30 CEST | Press Room, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria; and online

Light lunch was provided at 13:00.


This was a hybrid event. Participants of the NPT Preparatory Committee were welcomed to join in person

For any questions, please contact Andrey Baklitskiy at andrey.baklitskiy@un.org.