No specific timeframe is mandated for the submission of “regular” NPT reports but the call for reports “within the framework of the strengthened review process for the NPT” suggests that states are expected to report to each PrepCom and RevCon, the central features of the strengthened review process.
The reporting requirement applies to all states parties, as all signatories share in the responsibility to implement the Treaty.
The reporting requirement is framed by the objectives of three internationally agreed nuclear disarmament decisions:
- “cessation of the nuclear arms race” (Article VI of the NPT);
- “reduction of nuclear weapons globally, with the ultimate goals of eliminating those weapons” (Paragraph 4[c] of the 1995 Decision on “Principles and Objectives for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament”); and
- the “obligation to achieve a precise result—nuclear disarmament in all its aspects” (the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 8 July 1996).
Beyond these references, there is no further definition or elaboration of the reporting requirement.
Some states parties and NGOs have called for a standard reporting format to allow comparability of information among states and over time, while others, including the nuclear weapons states, are opposed to any enforced or even agreed structure.
Listed below are the countries that have submitted reports of varying formats to one or more of the NPT PrepComs or RevCons since 2000. Clicking on the country name will produce a listing of its reports: