International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms

Middle Powers Initiative

Launched in March 1998, the Middle Powers Initiative is a campaign by a network of international citizen organizations to work closely with ‘middle power countries’ on the development of an international disarmament agenda which can encourage the leaders of the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) to break free from their Cold War mindset, and move rapidly to a nuclear weapon-free world.

MPI was co-founded by IALANA along with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), International Peace Bureau (IPB), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) State of the World Forum, Parliamentarians for Global Action, and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists.

MPI organizes delegations to key countries, briefings and workshops at the United Nations and NPT Review Conferences and produces briefing materials on key steps to nuclear disarmament such as de-alerting of nuclear forces, fissile material controls, security assurances, disarmament verification and elimination of tactical nuclear weapons.

MPI has given considerable support to the New Agenda Coalition, a grouping of middle power countries which was instrumental achieving agreement in 2000 by all the States parties to the NPT on a package of 13 disarmament steps.


Article IV Forum
The Middle Powers Initiative has recently initiated the Article VI Forum which brings together like-minded countries to explore, develop and implement the legal, political and technical elements required for the achievement and maintenance of a nuclear weapons free world.

The Forum is a new and creative initiative intended to stimulate and shape effective responses to the crisis of the non-proliferation / disarmament regime manifested by the breakdown of the 2005 NPT Review Conference. The Article VI Forum takes its name from the article of the NPT in which the nuclear states commit themselves to the elimination of their nuclear weapons.

Government representatives from about 40 countries as well as experts in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament have participated in Article VI Forum meetings at the United Nations in New York, Clingendale Institute in the Hague and in Ottawa.

The Article VI Forum uses the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, drafted by IALANA, to assist diplomats and experts to explore the areas in which progress could be made on steps towards nuclear abolition. IALANA also participates in the meetings providing legal and political expertise.

For further information including reports of the Article VI Forum meetings see Middle Powers Initiative


New Agenda Coalition
IALANA has been providing advice to the New Agenda Coalition, a grouping of like-minded governments launched in Dublin in June 1998, with a Joint Declaration by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Africa and Sweden.

Since its launch the New Agenda Coalition has submitted key resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The New Agenda Coalition was instrumental in the achievement in 2005 of an agreement by all States Party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty on a package of 13 nuclear disarmament steps.

New Agenda Resolutions Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly

1998: Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda

1999: Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda

2000: Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda

2001: Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda

2002: Reductions of non-strategic nuclear weapons, Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda

2003:New Agenda Resolutions Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Reduction of non-strategic nuclear weapons, Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: a new agenda

2004: Accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments

2005 Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments