Updates on the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance
September 21, 2015

"For President Obama, freeing the world from the shadow cast by nuclear weapons is not just an aspirational goal, but a deeply personal one…Everyone who shares this sentiment — shares the goal of a world without nuclear weapons — should devote time and energy to the verification challenges that face us. An upfront investment in the tools and technologies to verify nuclear reductions at lower numbers is the means to the end we all seek. The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification can help us get there."

- Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose
April 14, 2015

On December 4, 2014, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller announced a new initiative to develop the tools and technologies in the quest to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons – the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV).

The IPNDV channels expertise from both nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states to address the complex challenges involved in the verification of nuclear disarmament.

Following the inaugural meeting in March in Washington, DC, the 26 countries of the Partnership agreed to form three working groups to inform closer study on verification issues that exist at all stages of the nuclear weapons lifecycle. The IPNDV’s three working groups will build capacity among Partner States and explore solutions to fundamental nuclear monitoring and verification challenges.

  • Working Group One: “Monitoring and Verification Objectives,” will be chaired by Italy and the Netherlands.
  • Working Group Two: “On-Site Inspections,” will be chaired by Australia and Poland.
  • Working Group Three: “Technical Challenges and Solutions,” will be chaired by Sweden and the United States.

The United States is proud to partner with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), whose experts boast decades of experience in nuclear security and nuclear verification. To inform and guide the working groups, NTI unveiled this week a new publicly available web-based “Monitoring and Verification Resource Collection”—a virtual archive of the work that experts around the globe have published relating to the verification of nuclear weapons and materials.

The Partnership will meet on November 16-18 in Olso, Norway to finalize the terms of reference, paving the way to the official launch of the working groups.

In advance of the Oslo plenary, on October 14th, the United States and NTI will co-host a public side event at the United Nations in New York, “Building a Path Forward: Update on the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification.”

Stay up to date on the progress of the IPNDV by visiting state.gov/t/avc or follow us on Twitter @StateAVC. Also check out the IPNDV project page and the Monitoring and Verification Resource Collection on NTI's website.