Roundtable discussion between governments, disarmament experts and NGO representatives

Visions for the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

This roundtable event will provide an opportunity for governments, disarmament experts and civil society representatives to put forward and discuss visions for the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament and how to ensure its success.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva

Visions for the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Wednesday September 13. 15:00-17:00
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Genève

Roundtable event convened by Basel Peace Office, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Global Security Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, UNFOLD ZERO and the World Future Council 

In 2013, the UN General Assembly resolution adopted a resolution (submitted by the Non-Aligned Movement) which established the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and decided to hold a High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament no later than 2018.

Recent UN High-Level Conferences have had considerable success, adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (2015), Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2016), New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants (2016) and the 14-Point Action Plan to Protect the Oceans (2017).

Parliaments and civil society are already active in promoting the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament. This includes questions in national parliaments and a resolution adopted by the 56 member-parliaments of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe urging all OSCE governments to participate in the UNHLC at the highest level, and to adopt nuclear-risk reduction and disarmament measures at the conference.

This roundtable event will provide an opportunity for governments, disarmament experts and civil society representatives to put forward and discuss visions for the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament and how to ensure its success. 

For further background, see The NPT and the 2018 UN High Level Conference and The Ban treaty and the 2018 UN High Level Conference.

Draft program

Chair: Marc Finaud, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Introductory speakers will include:

  • Mr. Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator, UNFOLD ZERO Co-founder
  • H.E. Mr. Mohsen Naziri Asl, Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN in Geneva
  • H.E. Dr Matthew Rowland, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • H.E. Mr Rob Gabrielse, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament

Discussion

Please click here to register for the event.