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Disarmament to Save Humanity

The Geneva Dialogues #1: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the UNSG’s Agenda for Disarmament

On 24 May 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled his Agenda for Disarmament entitled Securing Our Common Future in a major policy speech at the University of Geneva. His Agenda is wide-ranging, and after explaining why disarmament is relevant and still needed in the 21st century, the Secretary-General’s speech sign-posted a number of key points explored further in his report.

This first event in a summer 2018 series co-organized by international Geneva institutions will focus on engaging with the Secretary-General’s ideas to tackle weapons of mass destruction and other strategic weapons (Part II on ‘Disarmament to Save Humanity’). The aim is to discuss, in an informal setting, ways in which to move forward on his Agenda for Disarmament in what he has described as a difficult contemporary international security environment.


Short Video of the Secretary-General introducing his Agenda.

Opening remarks by the Co-moderators: Marc Finaud, GCSP and John Borrie, UNIDIR

Agenda Chapter on Weapons of Mass Destruction: John Borrie 

Panel of Respondents (5 minutes each)

  • Ambassador Matthew Rowland (United Kingdom)
  • Ambassador María del Socorro Flores Liera (Mexico)
  • Ms Anne Kemppainen (EU Delegation Geneva)
  • Prof Grégoire Mallard, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Dr Filippa Lentzos (King’s College, London)

Interactive discussion with participants

Co-moderators’ wrap-up and closing

Light cocktail refreshments

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GCSP, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène Rigot 2D, 1202 Geneva

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