On December 05, 2011, in cooperation with MAB, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations joined the Permanent Mission of Poland to the UN to host the Turtle Bay Security Roundtable: Navigating the Sanctions Regime, Promoting Proliferation Prevention. The half-day UN conference was designed to provide an open forum for representatives of UN Member States, members of UN Panel of Experts of Security Council subsidiary organs, regional experts, industry representatives, experts from think tanks, and members of civil society to discuss how to address the evolving proliferation challenges present in today’s increasingly interconnected and globalized landscape.
The event was a follow-up to the May 31, 2011 day-long meeting that explored the linkages between security and development objectives-and how strategies to overcome these challenges can also address other national priorities. At this most recent session on December 5, stakeholders from the relevant sectors built upon their initial discussions and explored the effective implementation of current nonproliferation efforts. Particular emphasis was given to sanctions focusing on North Korea and Iran, while also incorporating recent relevant developments in Libya. The conference also included a regional focus, and, as such, participants delved into the benefits of applying targeted innovative regional approaches to nonproliferation and capacity-building. In all, more than 120 participants representing around 50 UN missions as well as leading regional and nonproliferation experts attended the event.