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Ninth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference
12 November 2020 - 9 h 00 min - 13 November 2020 - 13 h 00 min
The Ninth EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference was held virtually on 12 – 13 November 2020. Organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) on behalf of the EU Consortium of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks the Conference has been, since 2012, one of the key non-proliferation and disarmament events worldwide.
The conference addressed several pressing issues of the field, including ways to rebuild mutual trust in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament; how to tackle arms diversion; the impact of artificial intelligence and related technologies; and the similitudes between biological weapons and pandemics and lessons learned from Covid-19.
The conference was attended by over 420 experts from over 54 different countries, including experts and representatives from governments and international organizations and high-level speakers from public institutions, international organisations and civil society. Opened by a message from the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and remarks from United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, the Conference included keynote speeches from Amb. Gustavo Zlauvinen, President-designate of the 2020 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and Amb. Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Further speakers included US Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Ford, and the Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Fu Cong, besides renowned academics, researchers and officials from around the world.
The EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference demonstrated once again the EU’s strong commitment and support for multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament as well as the rules-based order.
Message from High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission Josep Borrell
EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference
12-13 November 2020
Remarks by HE Gustavo Zlauvinen, President-designate of Tenth NPT Review Conference
Speech by Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Speech by Christopher Ashley Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
Statement by Director-General FU Cong at the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference
Agenda of the ninth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference