Promoting the Global Instruments of Nonproliferation and Disarmament:
The United Nations and the Nuclear Challenge

An event hosted by the Permanent Missions of Japan, Poland, and Turkey to the United Nations
In cooperation with the Stimson Center
Date: May 31, 2011
Location: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY

Morning program: Articulating the Challenges of WMD Proliferation

9:00-9:15               Coffee

9:15-9:45               Opening remarks
H.E. Ambassador Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Witold Sobków, Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations

9:45-11:00             A Global View of the WMD Environment: Trends and Challenges
A discussion of international security and globalization trends and their impact on emerging proliferation and disarmament challenges related to technology development, diversion, and control.

  • Ellen Laipson, President, The Stimson Center (Moderator)
  • George Perkovich, Vice President at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the High Representative of UN Disarmament Affairs
  • Simone Monasebian, Representative and Chief of the UNODC New York Office
    • Open Discussion (including questions and answers)

11:00-11:15           Coffee

11:15-12:45           Challenges for UN Non-Proliferation Regime and Other Institutional Efforts to strengthen global nonproliferation
An open status report on the activities of the three relevant nonproliferation and disarmament Committees of the Security Council, focusing on the challenges faced by the Committees to effectively implement obligations under the relevant resolutions:
Chair: Representative of the Permanent Mission of Japan/Poland/Turkey to the United Nations:

  • Opening Remarks
    • Ambassador Baso Sangqu, South Africa (invited)
    • Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral, Portugal
    • Ambassador Néstor Osorio, Colombia (invited)

Panel Discussion (Discussants):

  • Dr. Richard Cupitt,  Coordinator, 1540 Committee
  • Mr. Erik Marzolf, Acting Coordinator, 1718 Committee
  • Ms. Salome Zourabichvili, Coordinator, 1737 Committee
    • Open Discussion

1:00-2:45:              Luncheon Keynote with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Chair: Representative of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Note: A light meal will be provided following the speech by the Secretary General in a different room.
Afternoon program: Strengthening Global Instruments to further a Pragmatic Agenda

3:00-5:15               Discussion Sessions
The afternoon program will feature two sessions each consisting of several topics for discussion. Each session will cover important issues related to the non-proliferation and disarmament agenda, and be dedicated to candid discussions of the relevant instruments and challenges associated with their implementation.  In both discussions, key connections between efforts to ensure security and the establishment of a positive impact on socio-economic stability should be highlighted. 
The first session will focus on ways in which each major instrument is inter-connected, as well as innovative approaches to strengthening the global network of non-proliferation and disarmament measures.  The second session will focus on the ways in which relevant players can strengthen their cooperation in achieving the goal of global nonproliferation and disarmament.
During this afternoon session, diplomats, representatives from the private sector and expert “discussants” will explore ways in which the UN or other external organizational bodies can further assist in translating current political objectives into pragmatic reality.  Participating experts include:

    • Emma Belcher, Council on Foreign Relations
    • Johan Bergenäs, The Stimson Center
    • Brian Finlay, The Stimson Center
    • O’Neil Hamilton, Regional Implementation Coordinator, UNSCR 1540
    • Michael Levi, Council on Foreign Relations
    • Carl Robichaud, Carnegie Corporation of New York
    • Randy Rydell, Office of the High Representative for Disarmament
    • Geoffrey Shaw, Director, IAEA New York Office
    • Nikita Smidovich, UNODA
    • Yadira Soto, Organizations of American States
    • Alex Toma, ConnectUS Fund
    • Takehiko Yamamoto, 1718 Committee Panel of Expert
    • Veronica Tessler, The Stanley Foundation


3:00-4:00   SESSION 1: Next Steps for Strengthening International Framework on Nuclear Security, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Discussion topics: Strengthening coordination among various international and regional initiatives in the sphere of disarmament and non-proliferation.  Future prospects for the Nuclear Security Summit, the Global Partnership to Prevent the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction, as well as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.  Challenges and opportunities to reinforce UN efforts on disarmament and non-proliferation and make closer linkage between those efforts and other various international initiatives (such as the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material).  Opportunities to strengthen the global security framework while contributing to the wider objectives of socio-economic stability around the world.
Co-Chairs: Ambassador Park In-kook, Republic of Korea and Ambassador John McNee, Canada (invited)

  • Participants:
    • Ambassador Gary Quinlan, Australia (invited)
    • Ambassador Maged A. Abdelaziz, Egypt
    • Ambassador Peter Wittig, Germany (invited)
    • [Representative of Counterterrorism Executive Directorate and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force]

4:00-4:15               Coffee

4:15-5:15   SESSION 2: Challenges for Implementing Relevant UN Resolutions:
Discussion topics: What are the challenges in implementing relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (1540, 1718, 1737 and 1977)?  How to make these issues relevant? How to enhance collaboration among key players including the UN, International/Regional Organizations, the private sector, and civil society in order to strengthen the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda. How to highlight the importance of prevention of WMD terrorism among states? How non-proliferation agenda can be made a higher priority on the policy agenda of Member States?  What is an appropriate way to build synergy between secure border/trade and socio-economic stability?
Co-Chairs: Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, Nigeria and Ambassador Baso Sangqu, South Africa, Chairman, 1540 Committee (invited)

  • Participants (suggested):
    • Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting, Austria
    • Ambassador Claude Heller, Mexico, Former Chair, 1540 Committee (invited)
    • Ambassador Pedro Serrano, European Union Representative to the United Nations
    • [Representative of Counterterrorism Executive Directorate and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force]

5:15-5:45: Wrap-Up session: Taking stock of the day and charting the path forward

5:45:          Closing Remarks:
 H.E. Ambassador Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Witold Sobków, Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations

6:00           End of the event


Distributed agenda (PDF)