Working Methods in Disarmament Diplomacy (Part 1) : Consensus
The consensus outcome document is seen as the standard product of review conferences and annual meetings in many disarmament regimes. But the need to achieve consensus often results in deadlocks and frustration. Delegates spend countless hours of expensive meeting time trying to agree on a lowest-common-denominator final document, which once agreed is typically ignored. The 2015 NPT review conference and the 2016 BWC review conference are two prominent examples of the costs of pursuing a consensus outcome document. But what to do? Is there a better way? Please join our expert panellists to discuss the notion of consensus, examine the implications and costs of current practice, and consider the possible alternatives.
This discussion is the first part of a series of GDP events examining working methods and identifying new approaches in disarmament diplomacy. Future events will examine issues such as the general debate and preparatory processes.
Mr. Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Center for 21st Century Security Intelligence, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings;
Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London.