De-Militarising Security through Human Rights to Peace, SDG 16 & Disarmament

14-Feb-2017 @ 13:00 – 15:00
Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Today, perhaps more than ever before, the world will not enjoy development without security, nor vice versa, and cannot enjoy either without respect for human rights. Unless all these goals are simultaneously advanced, none will succeed. Unfortunately, renewed tensions and armaments race seem to be gaining momentum in several regions of the world which results in destabilizing international security, hindering the Sustainable Development Goals and negatively affecting human rights.  In this challenging context, the elimination and regulation of armaments should be understood as one element of the broader and more comprehensive design for the maintenance of international peace and security

The event is a panel discussion with key stakeholders to address the role, disarmament can play with regards to security, development and human rights. It aims to explore how further efforts to preserve, facilitate, develop and strengthen international and regional cooperation in the field of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament could contribute to achieving progress in the areas of security, development and human rights – the pillars of the UN system.


H.E.  Sabrina Dallafior Matter

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament


H.E. Michael Møller

Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, United Nations Office at Geneva


H.E. Michael Tene

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, The Republic of Indonesia

H.E. Marta Maurás Pérez

Ambassador and Permanent Representative, The Republic of Chile

Prof. Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order appointed by the UN Human Rights Council

Mr. Marc Finaud

Senior Programme Advisor, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Please note that SCRAP is unable to provide UN badges to enter the Palais-des-Nations

The remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. David A. Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General of UNOG can be found here.

Report of the event.

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