The United Nations Office at Geneva and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) jointly host an annual seminar. This collaboration is an example of how UNOG forms partnerships with external academic and research experts to draw and build on the available expertise.
Fifth joint UNOG-DCAF Seminar
Thursday 6 December 2007
Nuclear Weapons: Governance and Accountability
The fifth in the series of joint events, the seminar follows on previous debates hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) on different aspects of security sector governance. These meetings have served to raise awareness of the complexities and challenges before the international community in this area and have produced practical proposals to inform and guide future efforts.
This year’s edition, entitled "Nuclear Weapons: Governance and Accountability" analyzed the nexus between domestic and international governance of nuclear weapons, examined the limits on political control and oversight of nuclear weapons, and explored the links between the good domestic governance of nuclear weapons and the effectiveness of multilateral non-proliferation regimes.
The seminar was opened with a keynote address by Dr. Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission
, followed by a panel discussion with H.E. Mr. Abdul S. Minty, H.E. Mr. Yuri Nazarkin, Mr. Walter Slocombe, Dr. Bruno Tertrais and moderated by Ms. Patricia Lewis, Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, a renowned expert in the field of nuclear disarmament. Following the presentation by each panellist, there was a ‘question-and-answer’ session and a general informal exchange with the invited audience. These discussions took place under the Chatham House Rule that allowed for a frank and open debate in which the Permanent Missions, United Nations entities with a presence in Geneva, other intergovernmental organizations, representatives of civil society and prominent think tanks actively took part.
As in previous seminars a publication of the proceedings will be available by early 2008.