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Hague Code Of Conduct

The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) is the outcome of efforts of the international community to internationally regulate the area of ballistic missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. The HCOC is the only multilateral transparency and confidence building instrument concerning the spread of ballistic missiles.

Establishment of HCOC November 2002
Headquarter The Hague (Netherlands)
Member countries 140
Annual Regular Meetings of Member countries to the HCOC (annual conferences) are held in Vienna

The HCOC is the outcome of international efforts to regulate access to ballistic missiles which can potentially deliver weapons of mass destruction. The HCOC is the only multilateral code in the region of disarmament which has been adopted over the last years. It is the only normative tool to authenticate the spread of ballistic missiles. The HCOC doesn’t ban ballistic missiles, but it does call for restraint in their production, testing, and export. Presently, there are 140 signatories. HCOC is a legally non-binding multilateral body.

HCoC members voluntarily

  • To provide pre-launch notifications (PLNs) on a ballistic missile
  • States to commit themselves to submit an annual declaration (AD) of their country’s policies on ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles.
  • To provide pre-launch notifications (PLNs) on space-launch vehicle launches (SLVs) and test flights.

Objective of HCoC

  • The Code introduces transparency measures such as annual declarations and pre-launch notifications regarding ballistic missile and space launch programs
  • The Code is meant to supplement the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
  • Aimed at preventing the spread of ballistic missiles that can deliver weapons of mass destruction

India joins The Hague Code of Conduct

India has joined The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC). India’s joining the Code signals its readiness to further fortify the global non-proliferation regimes.