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

10 October 2016

On 10 October 2016, 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 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly 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



  • H.E. Jacek BYLICA, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, European External Action Service
    • EU action to promote the non-proliferation of WMD delivery systems
  • H.E. Kairat ABDRAKHMANOV, Permanent Representative to the UN in New York; HCoC Chair
    • Perspectives for HCoC and aims for the Presidency of Kazakhstan
  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
    • Implementation, universalization, challenges of the HCoC



  • Dr. Dinshaw MISTRY, Professor of International Relations, University of Cincinnati and author, “Containing Missile Proliferation”
    • Current threats and trends in ballistic missile proliferation



Other publications

Making the Hague Code of Conduct Relevant

The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, the Missile Technology Control Regime and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 each contribute to the international regime for the nonproliferation of ballistic missiles. The three instruments aim at controlling both horizontal and vertical proliferation.

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Research Papers

The HCoC and China

China is currently the main ballistic missile possessor and spacefaring nation which remains outside the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC). This can be explained by China’s traditional opacity regarding its deployment of strategic missiles, but also its exports of ballistic systems or technologies abroad. This absence is nonetheless problematic for a regime based on voluntary transparency and confidence-building which aims at universality.

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