UN Under-Secretary-General and High Rep. for Disarmament

Securing Our Common Future: Why Disarmament Matters Today as Much as Ever
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
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Anna Bogic
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CIPS and the Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

Presented by CIPS and the Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

Reception 3:30 – 4:00 pm, talk begins at 4:00 pm

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament, bluntly warns that the struggle for nuclear arms control and disarmament is “going backwards” and calls for “a new vision” to re-establish arms control dialogue and negotiations.

The year 2020 will be a crucial year for nuclear disarmament. The challenges facing the disarmament and non-proliferation architecture are well known and include regional dimensions, increasing hostility between the nuclear-weapon states and a break-down of the Cold War-era arms control regime.

Historically, states like Canada have played an important bridge-building and facilitating role. They will once again have the opportunity to do so at the 2020 NPT Review Conference.

Izumi Nakamitsu is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament. Ms. Nakamitsu has extensive expertise and experience in global conflict management. A former professor of international relations and peacebuilding professional, her United Nations work, before heading up Disarmament Affairs, included crisis response operations in the UN Development Program, advising on large movements of refugees and migrants, and directing the Asia and Middle East Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.