Practical Approaches to Disarmament in Uncertain Times

An open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister of Iceland. The seminar is held in conjunction with the Annual NATO Conference hosted in Reykjavík this year.

The seminar will address the actions of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and international cooperation, including the role of non-governmental organizations.

When: Tuesday October 30, from 14-16.
Where: National Museum of Iceland.

The program is as follows:

13:30-14:00: Arrival, coffee

14:00-14:10: Opening remarks
Ragnhildur Arnljótsdóttir, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office

14:10-14:20 Setting the Scene
Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Icelandic Parliament

14:20-14:35 Implementing the SG’s Disarmament Agenda — Bringing back disarmament to the center of our common effort for peace and security
Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

14:35-15:30 How do we move forward?
Panel discussions led by Kristján Guy Burgess, MA in International Relations, Peace and Security, and former Political Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Iceland

• Beatrice Fihn, Executive Direction, ICAN
• Christopher Ashley Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, US State Department
• Tytti Eräsö, Researcher in the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, SIPRI
• Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir, PM and Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Icelandic Parliament
• Þórdís Ingadóttir, Associate Professor in Law, Reykjavík University

15:30-15:45 Summary
William Alberque, Director of the NATO WMD Arms Control, Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation Center, ACDC.

15:45 Closing of Conference
Sturla Sigurjónsson, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs