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



Research Papers

The Hague Code of Conduct and Space

This paper considers the dual approach of the Code by analysing the similarities between launchers and ballistic missiles in light of new technical developments, and assessing the risk of missile technology proliferation. It also assesses the new trends and developments in the space sector that may have an impact on the ability of the HCoC to remain relevant in its efforts to curb the proliferation of ballistic launchers.

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Research Papers

Limiting the proliferation of WMD means of delivery: a low-profile approach to bypass diplomatic deadlocks

Since the creation of the HCoC in 2002, the need for more collective commitment and action to fight the proliferation of ballistic missiles has certainly not decreased. The destabilizing nature of these weapons has not changed. Non-proliferation is just less about keeping the world stable and more about not adding a risk factor to an uncertain future. The HCoC was and remains a response to that need, but certainly not the end of the quest for improvement.

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Research Papers

Hypersonic missiles: Evolution or revolution for missile non-proliferation and arms control instruments?

After listing major programmes and key drivers beyond the acquisition of these technologies, this paper considers their development under the prism of arms control, and analyses whether current mechanisms (non-proliferation arrangements, bilateral arms control treaties and confidence-building measures) dealing with missiles are adapted to these weapons.

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