According to the internet in the last few hours another casualty of the world wide impact of Coronavirus has been the postponement of a conference due to review the implementation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The conference has been described as being postponed indefinitely and clearly that could be a few months or it could be several years. As the posting explained, “the treaty is considered the cornerstone of global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and the 191 parties hold a major conference every five years to discuss how it is working. The meeting had been scheduled to begin on April 27 at U.N. headquarters in New York.”
It is understandable that conferences are being postponed at present and clearly a wide range of tasks that were meant to take place in April and even May are now being set back by several weeks at the moment. It may be that a delay of a few months or even a year would not make a huge difference, however indefinite delays feel a bit too long a term. One wonders how such matters could be dealt with in a different manner at least on a short term basis as our nation is in the process of trying to replace the Trident missiles which surely should be challenged by other nations as well as by people in our own nation who would like to see the end of our Nuclear weapons.