Side event on HCoC in the margins of the NPT in New York

8 May 2015

On 8 May 2015, on behalf of the European Union, the FRS organised a side event on the Hague Code of Conduct and Ballistic Missile Non-Proliferation, in the margins of the NPT Review Conference in New York.

This event, which took place at the United Nations headquarters, included a series of presentations followed by a discussion, and brought together representatives from both subscribing and non-subscribing States, and officials from the European Union, with a view to raising awareness of the Code with regard to non-subscribing States and discussing the current and future trends and challenges pertaining to ballistic missile proliferation.



  • H.E. Györgyi Martin ZANATHY, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna
    • EU action to promote the nonproliferation of WMD delivery systems
  • H.E. Gustavo MEZA-CUADRA VELÁSQUEZ, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations
    • The role of the HCoC and an assessment of the Peruvian Presidency
  • Camille GRAND, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
    • An assessment of current and future trends in ballistic missile proliferation
  • Dr. Mark SMITH, Programme Director, Wilton Park
    • Responding to the threat posed by ballistic missile proliferation – the HCoC and beyond
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The HCoC and Latin America

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The HCoC and African States

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