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Examining the Role of Conventional Arms Control in Preventing Conflicts and Building Peace

  • Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development 777 United Nations Plaza New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) are pleased to invite you to an evening panel discussion on the role of conventional arms control in preventing conflicts and building peace. The event will take place at IPI on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Opening remarks:
H.E. Aidan Liddle
, UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
Dr. Renata Dwan, Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

Speakers:

  • Ms. Roselyn Akombe, Policy and Mediation Division, UN Department of Political Affairs

  • Mr. Thomas Kontogeorgos, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Service, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations

  • Dr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, IPI

  • Mr. Himayu Shiotani, Programme Lead, Conventional Arms Programme, UNIDIR

Moderator:
Mr. Jake Sherman, Director of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, IPI

Poor regulation of arms and ammunition is a key enabler of conflict and a means of sustaining it. Peace and sustainable development cannot be achieved without effective conventional arms control. Despite this, conventional arms control is rarely integrated into conflict prevention thinking and action. The Secretary General’s Agenda for Disarmament calls for an examination of how disarmament and arms control can contribute to conflict prevention.

This event, held during the opening week of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Disarmament, aims to improve understanding of the roles and impact of conventional arms in preventing and managing conflicts, as well as to examine approaches to better identify, utilize, and integrate conventional arms control measures and tools to sustain peace.

For questions, contact:
Amanda Murchison, murchison@ipinst.org or 212-225-9638

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