HCoC Regional Seminar in Djibouti

On 26 September 2019, FRS organised a regional outreach seminar in Djibouti entitled « Dealing with missile proliferation: one side of the non-proliferation and disarmament regime » with the support of IGAD and UNREC.

9:00 – Welcoming remarks

  • Mr Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Mr Patrick GEYSEN, Head of the Political, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Djibouti

9:30-10:00 – Contribution of the UNREC in the implementation of pertinent non-proliferation instruments by African States

  • Ms Maïté FRANCOIS, Judicial Affairs Specialist, UNREC

10:30-12:15 – The Hague Code of Conduct: a key instrument to promote confidence in the field of WMD delivery vehicles

MODERATOR: Ms Agnès LEVALLOIS, Senior Research Fellow, FRS


  • Amb. Kjersti Ertresvaag ANDERSEN, Ambassador of Norway to Austria, HCoC Chair, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Mr Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Amb. Georg PÖSTINGER, Ambassador of Austria to Saudi Arabia, representative of the HCOC Immediate Central Contact (ICC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austria


  • Contribution of the Code to international security
  • Being a Subscribing State: commitments and benefits
  • Day-to-day implementation of the Code

13:15-14:30 – The proliferation of missiles, a regional threat?

MODERATOR: Mr Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS


  • Ms Agnès LEVALLOIS, Senior Research Fellow, FRS
  • Dr Sitki EGELI, Assistant Professor, Izmir University of Economics
  • Mr Jean MASSON, Research Fellow, FRS


  • Missile proliferation in the Gulf of Aden: what dynamics?
  • Trafficking and missiles proliferation risks in the Horn of Africa
  • The role of transparency instruments in the case of missiles

Coffee break

14:45-16:00 – Inserting the HCoC in regional non-proliferation and disarmament priorities

MODERATOR: Mr Hervé-Jude SIABI, Program Manager, UNREC


  • Mr Noël STOTT, Senior Researcher, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC)
  • Mr Khalid ABDELRAHMAN, Head of Security Institutions Capacity Building, Security Sector Program, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  • Dr Susan MWANGI, Professor, Kenyatta University


  • Eastern African priorities on non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Regional efforts to enhance non-proliferation norms: from SALW to WMD
  • Combining non-proliferation with peace and development in the Horn of Africa

16:00 – Perspectives and conclusion