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Our Goal

To Eradicate Weapons of Mass Destruction from the Middle East

Who we are

The Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) is a coalition of civil society activists and practitioners seeking to rid the Middle East from all weapons of mass destruction as a gateway toward regional security and peace.

Vision  |  A peaceful, integrated and thriving Middle East built on human and environmental security.

Mission  |  Eradicate WMDs, broker peace and build security in the Middle East.

What we want

What? Eliminating the possession, production, stockpile and use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Who? 24 Countries (22 countries of the Arab League, plus Iran and Israel)

How? By negotiating, signing and ratifying a treaty to establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East.

All 24 countries have to sign and ratify all existing and future WMD treaties and conventions namely; the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and/or the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW); the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC); and the Biological Weapons Conventions (BWC). The good news is that most of them have done it!

NPT

signed/ratified

23

TPNW

signed/ratified

4

CWC

signed/ratified

22

BWC

signed/ratified

18

We believe a WMDFZ in the Middle East can be advanced through a treaty-based approach involving three key components:

A WMDFZ
Treaty

A text freely arrived at by relevant governments and stakeholders through an inclusive process.

A Regional Institution

To oversee the treaty’s eventual implementation, verification and compliance.

Civil Society Engagement

To advance a robust civil society movement ensuring governments deliver on their commitments to nonproliferation and human security.

The idea for the Middle East Treaty Organization comes from the recognition that any future zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East will, by necessity, need an institution responsible for implementation, verification and compliance.

Our Approach

The METO evolving Draft Treaty text combined with our advocacy work provides governments with a realistic path forward. These efforts are further strengthened through our public outreach campaigns, educational programs and by building partnerships with a broad coalition of civil society organizations.

Draft Treaty

Publications

Citizen Diplomacy

METO’s Draft Treaty is a constantly evolving text developed through a collaborative and inclusive process. This includes off-the-record roundtable discussions with experts and diplomats addressing specific technical and political issues which the official diplomatic process is faced with.

Our Publications combine traditional research and analysis methods with findings from expert roundtable discussions to revise the Draft Treaty text along with policy papers that address issues at the intersection of disarmament, human security and diplomacy.

Citizen diplomacy advocates and promotes the Draft Treaty text and policy briefs to relevant governments and at major international disarmament conferences. This includes bilateral meetings with diplomats, presenting and convening events at UN forums.

Educational Program

Public Outreach

Partnerships

Our Educational Programs aim to cultivate the next generation of practitioners in the peace & security domain. METO’s semester-long seminars continue to provide deep insight into disarmament and geopolitics to students across the region.

Public Outreach efforts aim to galvanize the wider community on how they can join, contribute and shape the path forward toward WMD disarmament in the region. We do this through disarmament campaigns, public lectures and coverage in the media.

Our Partnerships with leading academic and policy institutions are key to advancing our goal of a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East. They also enhance our network of practitioners developing realistic technical and political solutions toward disarmament and security.

The Problem

No trust and political will

No agreement on when & how

No engagement with civil society