International Seminar on Nuclear Weapons

A few weeks before the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, OPANAL organized the International Seminar «A world free of nuclear weapons: is it possible? is it desirable? how could it be achieved?»

The Seminar consisted of two panels. The first panel was focused on the international strategic context, which continues to be linked to nuclear weapons. The second panel was focused on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament in its different aspects.

Twelve experts, from twelve different countries, made presentations that were opened to debate and different views emerged: some in favor of nuclear weapons as means of achieving international security and others in favor of banning these weapons of mass destruction.

Panelists who attended included experts such as Dr. William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense of the United States, and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the civil society organization awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

See the photos of the Seminar.

Download the publication of the International Seminar which includes the presentations of panelists and debates.

Programme of the Seminar

Registration9:30 –10:00 hrs
Panel I: Strategic Context10:30 – 13:30 hrs
Dr. William J. Perry (United States)
Former Secretary of Defense of the United States
Ambassador Sergio González Gálvez (Mexico)
Former Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Mr. Kim Won-soo (Republic of Korea)
Former United Nations Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Lord Desmond Browne (United Kingdom)
Former Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom
Ms. Angela Kane (Germany)
Former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Ambassador D. B. Venkatesh Varma (India) Former Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
Panel II: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation 15:30 – 18:30 hrs
Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala (Sri Lanka) Former President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Ms. Beatrice Fihn (Sweden) Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Ambassador José Luis Cancela (Uruguay) Former Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Uruguay
Ambassador Alexander Kmentt (Austria) Permanent Representative of Austria to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Chair of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand) Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Chair of the Open-ended Working Group Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (2016)
Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards (Jamaica) Director of the Bilateral Relations Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Former Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations
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