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Michael Biontino

former Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

Michael Biontino is a retired German diplomat and arms control and disarmament expert, most recently holding the position of the Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and Ambassador for Global Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs.

Ambassador Biontino led negotiations for the German delegation at the 2015 NPT Review Conference and subsequent Preparatory Committees. In addition, serving as chair of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting of experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS) in 2015 and 2016 and as Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference in 2016.

In 2017, Michael was President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and coordinated meetings of the Conference on Disarmament on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty and Negative Security Assurances (NSA) 2016-2018. Alongside this, Biontino organized a variety of track 1.5 arms control and disarmament events on LAWS, nuclear risk reduction, outer space, explosive weapons in populated areas and NSAs.

Beyond Geneva, Ambassador Biontino has extensive experience in security policy, arms control and disarmament affairs. He has served in the Department for Arms Control and Disarmament of the Federal Foreign Office and German missions in Iran (during the war between Iraq and Iran), Moscow (during Perestroika and German Unification), New York (during the German membership of the UN Security Council), Brussels NATO (during the NATO enlargement process) and Addis Ababa.

Content by Michael Biontino


Preparing for the 2026 Review Conference: Pragmatic steps toward an improved NPT Review Cycle

The failure of the previous two Review Cycles to agree on a final document demonstrates that the NPT Review Cycle is in danger of becoming dysfunctional. From a proposed Chairperson’s document to the need for informal venues to discuss salient issues, Michael Biontino offers practical steps for a successful 2026 Review Conference, beyond a final document.

5 July 2024 | Michael Biontino

Pragmatic steps forward: How to protect the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and get the review cycle on the right track

To prevent a further erosion of the effectiveness and efficiency of the current review cycle of the NPT, there is an urgent need for action. Michael Biontino looks at what pragmatic proposals could be taken up from the 2023 PrepCom Chair’s recommendations and the working paper from the Chair of the working group on further strengthening the review process of the NPT.

22 November 2023 | Michael Biontino