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New Under-Secretary-General Abe to Speak at MPI Forum
Press Release
August 25, 2003

On Monday, October 6, Mr. Nobuyasu Abe, the new United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, will deliver one of his first major public addresses in his new position during a forum at the United Nations sponsored by the Middle Powers Initiative.

Entitled "Challenges of the Second Nuclear Age - Preserving Multilateralism, Advancing Disarmament," the forum will be chaired by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, and will coincide with the start of a four-week period of disarmament discussions in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Nobuyasu Abe, a Japanese career diplomat with extensive experience in the area of disarmament and arms control, has replaced Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala from Sri Lanka, who retired after five years of service as head of the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs.

The "Second Nuclear Age" has become the focus of MPI's current work after the New York Times published an alarming article under the same title in early August of 2003. Click here to read the New York Times Article, "Facing A Second Nuclear Age" in full length.

How to Attend:

The Forum, which is open to the public, will take place from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Conference Room 6 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

If you wish to participate in the event and do NOT have a valid UN pass, please contact Dr. Urs Cipolat, MPI Program Director, at 415-775-6760 or urs@gsinstitute.org before Sept. 28.

Due to UN administrative requirements, we will not be able to handle late applications.


MPI Forum, Monday, Oct. 6, United Nations, New York, Conference Room 6

1:15 p.m. Welcome

Mr. Jonathan Granoff
President, Global Security Institute

Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, P.C.
Former Prime Minister of Canada

1:30 p.m. Keynote

Mr. Nobuyasu Abe
UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs

1:45 p.m. Presentations

Amb. SÚrgio de Queiroz Duarte, Brazil
Coordinator, New Agenda Coalition

Amb. Henrik Salander, Sweden
Secretary-General, Independent Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Senator Douglas Roche, O.C.
Chair, Middle Powers Initiative

2:15 p.m. Questions/Answers

2:40 p.m. Summation by Chair

2:45 p.m. Adjourn


- Kofi Annan appoints new Under-Secretary-General, UN Press Release, May 28, 2003

- Biography of Nobuyasu Abe, UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament

- UN Wire, Sept. 19: UN USG Abe calls US, Russian disarmament "snail's pace"