Publication: Introduction and Keynote Address
03 November 2016
Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, IISS; Executive Director, IISS Americas; Co-Founder, EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
Thank you, High Representative. Before I introduce the keynote speaker, let me make three announcements of a technological nature.
First, you will have noticed that we are a paperless conference. There are no agendas being distributed or lists of participants, but you can find all of this information on the conference app, which, if you have not downloaded it, you can get assistance on how to download it. Secondly, the sessions here in this room are being live-streamed on the IISS website, and will be available for review via YouTube afterwards. The sessions in the simultaneous breakout groups will be recorded on audio, and will be available later on.
Secondly, I wanted to encourage tweeting of the conference. The Twitter hashtag is over there: #EUNonProlif. That’s my technological announcement.
So, let me now introduce, I am very pleased to do so, the conference keynote speaker, Mr Kim Won-soo, United Nations Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, a position he assumed in June 2015. Prior to taking this post, he served as Assistant Secretary-General and special assistant to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, since January 2007. Some said he was Ban’s key right-hand man. He’s an exceptionally able right hand, if I may say.
He previously served as a diplomat for the Republic of Korea for over 37 years, with a variety of bilateral and multilateral assignments in key positions, including an ambassadorial title. In his UN role, Mr Kim Won-soo has been involved in many of the issues that will be explored in this conference. He has led efforts to investigate chemical-weapon attacks in Syria, and to dismantle the chemical-weapons stockpile. In a recent address marking both the 70th anniversary of the UN and the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of nuclear weapons in war, Mr Kim outlined goals to address the issue of nuclear disarmament as well as sustainable development related to climate concerns. With regard to North Korea, he has insisted that provocations be stopped, but he also said that the United Nations should leave a door open should the North Korean position change.
But I should let him express all these views in his own words on these matters, so Mr Kim, I invite you to the podium.