On 12 February, 2018, SCRAP had its sixth annual appointment to the United Nations in Geneva, as part of an event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, discussing ‘Weapons Development and Disarmament: Challenges and Opportunities’.
The event was held at the Palais des Nations and featured a lively panel discussion on the future of weapons technology and regulation, and provocative questions from the audience, which included post-graduate students from SOAS University of London.
Her Excellency Mrs Zhanar Aitzhanova, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, chaired the panel.
His Excellency Mr Michael Møller, Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference provided opening remarks. (The full text of his speech is available here through the United Nations Geneva website.)
The panel speakers were as follows:
His Excellency Mr Guilherme Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva;
Amb. (Ret’d) Sergey Batsanov, Director, Pugwash Office in Geneva;
Ms Kerstin Vignard, Acting Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR);
Mr Toralf Pilz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament;
You can find the full event report below, which will be downloaded as a Word Document: