Gernot Erler, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, will be in Geneva from 27 to 29 April. The focus of the trip will be on disarmament and human rights issues.
On 28 April there will be a meeting in Geneva of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In this connection, Minister of State Erler will participate in a public panel discussion on the future of the Non-Proliferation Treaty organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy alongside Ambassador Sergio Duarte, the UN's High Representative for Disarmament, and others.
Furthermore, Minister of State Erler will conduct talks on cluster munitions. Under the auspices of the Oslo Process initiated by Norway, negotiations are taking place on a comprehensive international convention banning cluster munitions, which is to be presented for signature by the international community before the end of 2008.
In addition, Minister of State Erler will have high-level talks with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is also based in Geneva. These talks will centre on the international refugee policy and the question of taking in Iraqi refugees.
Meetings with Ms Kyung-wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with representatives of international human rights organizations, are likewise on the agenda. These appointments will focus on the work of the UN Human Rights Council, which also meets in Geneva.