Conference on Disarmament considers issues relating to rules of procedure and civil society participation
During its meeting this afternoon the CD took stock of efforts last week to adopt a programme of work, and discussed issues relating to its rules of procedure. The Conference also considered a draft proposal from its President, Jorge Lomonaco, on civil society participation.
The President distributed a draft paper on civil society engagement to Member States for their consideration. He said that a long impasse continued in the Conference and the differences could only be bridged by changing its culture. By initiating discussion on issues pertaining to the rules of procedure of the CD, his intention was to advocate for a positive and constructive interpretation of the rules of procedure in a manner that could serve the purpose for which the Conference was established: negotiating multilateral disarmament agreements. (UNOG)