UNODA

Conversation Series

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About

A fundamental value in the debate on disarmament and non-proliferation is dialogue, be it direct or indirect, face-to-face or through different media platforms. To this end, UNODA Vienna Office has initiated the “Vienna Conversation Series” aiming at providing a platform for fruitful discussions and knowledge exchange among the different stakeholders and interested audiences. Organized in a “talk-show” format and broadcasted on social media, UNODA and its partners host guest speakers to address selected issues. Participants are invited to pose questions live and online through UNODA’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

These events contribute to one of the key goals enshrined in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament, launched in 2018, to revive serious multilateral dialogue and bring disarmament and non-proliferation back to the centre of the work of the United Nations.

Objectives

The Vienna Conversation Series aims at:

Promoting and facilitating dialogue between the disarmament and non-proliferation community, other relevant stakeholders and interested audiences including the media, youth, academia, civil society, the private sector and the diplomatic community.

Raising awareness of issues of disarmament, non-proliferation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Providing a platform for fruitful discussions and knowledge exchange about issues related to the core priorities enshrined in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament.

Exploiting the potential of Vienna having become a centre of excellence in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Past events

Title: Emerging technologies: A blessing or a curse?

Date: 9 May 2019
Location: Vienna International Centre

Keynote Speakers:
  • Ulrich Kühn, Deputy Head of the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Program, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)
  • Malin Oestevik, Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Moderator:
  • Laura Rockwood, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

Supported by: Government of Austria

Title: Conversation with Youth – Ending Nuclear Tests: why should I care?

Date: 6 December 2016
Location: Vienna International Centre

Keynote Speakers:
  • Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
  • Kim Won-soo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Moderator:
  • Laura Rockwood, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)