25 April 2013
10th International Security Forum successfully concludes in Geneva
The 10th edition of the International Security Forum (ISF) came to a close on a high note yesterday at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) with keynote addresses from Former President of Finland Ms Tarja Halonen, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and SciencesPo Professor Mr Gilles Kepel.
Earlier in the day, four panel sessions ran in parallel, namely: “Shaping a World in Transition Through Education”, “Maintaining the Rule of Law in an Evolving Security Environment”, “Security: The Next Millennium Development Goal?” and “Next Steps in Nuclear Disarmament: Where Do We Go From Here?” (see full programme here).
The latter was particularly timely as the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is currently holding its second session, until 3 May, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Among the eminent speakers addressing that particular session were Ms Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and H.E. Mr Anatoly Antonov, Russian Deputy Minister of Defence.
During the two and a half days of the conference, the participants were provided with the opportunity to attend thought-provoking sessions (29 in total, with more than 120 speakers) on current issues and future trends in global security, and to engage in open exchanges.
This 10th edition contributed to reinforce the role of the ISF as a unique multidisciplinary platform of collaboration among international security professionals around the world and closed with a record participation of some 700 guests and speakers.
The ISF is a Swiss government contribution to the Partnership for Peace. This 10th edition was sponsored and co-organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
The main conference partners include the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Center for Security Studies and the International Relations and Security Network at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (who organised their 15th Annual Conference in conjunction with the ISF).
For more information and material (including photos): www.isf2013.ch