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of the International Panel on Fissile Materials
 
Global Fissile Material Report 2011: Nuclear Weapon and Fissile Material Stockpiles and Production, Sixth annual report of the International Panel on Fissile Material, January 2012.
Managing Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors: Experience and Lessons from Around the World, Report of the International Panel on Fissile Material, Edited by Harold Feiveson, Zia Mian, M.V. Ramana and Frank von Hippel, September 2011

Alexander Glaser and Zia Mian, Appendix 7A. Global stocks and production of fissile materials, 2010, in SIPRI Yearbook 2011, Oxford University Press, 2011

The International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) will present the findings of a new international study on the experience in ten countries with management of spent nuclear fuel. The two volume study focuses on the policy and technical challenges faced over the past four decades by efforts at site selection and construction of long term storage and geological repositories for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power reactors and high level radioactive waste. These challenges have so far prevented the licensing of a geological spent fuel repository anywhere in the world.

On February 25, 2011, Zia Mian gave a presentation to United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

The Advisory Board's mission is "To advise the Secretary-General on matters within the area of arms limitation and disarmament, including on studies and research under the auspices of the United Nations or institutions within the United Nations system." The Secretary General asked the Board in particular to provide "counsel on measures to overcome the stalemate in the CD and revitalize multilateral disarmament efforts."

The focus of the presentation (PDF file) was options for making progress on the fissile material agenda.

Global Fissile Material Report 2010: Balancing the Books. Production and Stocks, Fifth annual report of the International Panel on Fissile Material, December 2010
Frank von Hippel, Editor, with contributions by Matthew Bunn, Anatoli Diakov, Ming Ding, Tadahiro Katsuta, Charles McCombie, M.V. Ramana, Tatsujiro Suzuki, Susan Voss, Suyuan Yu, The Uncertain Future of Nuclear Energy, IPFM Research Report #9, September 2010

IPFM's draft of "A Treaty Banning the Production of Fissile Materials for Nuclear Weapons or Other Nuclear Explosive Devices", with article-by-article explanations is now available as an official document of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD). The CD has been charged with negotiating this Treaty.

The draft Treaty was jointly submitted to the CD by Japan, Canada and the Netherlands in September 2009. The three delegations noted that while the draft treaty does not represent the official positions of these states, it "is intended to provide the Member States of the Conference on Disarmament with useful resource material for our work in the prospective negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty."

The draft Treaty is now available in all official UN languages:

A Fissile-Material Approach to Furthering the Disarmament and Nonproliferation Objectives of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

(Download a PDF copy of this document)

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) establishes a system of controls on the production and use of fissile materials -- most commonly separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU). Since these materials are the key ingredients in nuclear weapons, such controls are critical to halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference and the Thirteen Steps agreed at the 2000 Review Conference included commitments by NPT state-parties to achieve quickly a multilateral Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) that would end production of fissile materials for weapons in all states and extend the international system of control over fissile materials to cover civilian and excess weapon materials in nuclear-weapon states.

The International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) recommends that, to further the disarmament and nonproliferation objectives of the NPT, the 2010 Review Conference should: