U.N. High Representative Kane speaks at NPT Preparatory Committee

Angela Kane, the U.N. high representative for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, recently gave the opening address at the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Kane said it was an honor to address the distinguished people in attendance. She congratulated the chair of this year's annual session of NPT Preparatory Committee, Ambassador Cornel Feruta of Romania, and expressed hope for this year's committee.

"The start of a new annual session of an NPT Preparatory Committee offers an excellent occasion to place the Treaty into perspective," Kane said. "The whole raison d'ĂȘtre of this review process is to focus on implementation of commitments relating to the treaty's three pillars-nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Yet we should not let this focused review detract our attention from the many ways that the treaty has contributed to the wider cause of international peace and security."

Kane said that prospects for achieving the NPT looks promising and, even though the treaty has created some tension, there is still hope because of the disarmament that has already occurred.

"My hope is that your deliberations will help to create a climate that will be conducive to the full implementation of all commitments made under the treaty," Kane said. "This will help in addressing challenges from these specific cases, because it would signal a resolve to move away from nuclear weapons and to de-legitimize not just their use but their very existence."