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Addressing Today’s Nuclear Challenges: Findings from a UNIDIR Dialogue

October 14, 2021

This side event to the UN First Committee will contribute to informed discussion on today’s broad nuclear challenges: consolidating the non-use of nuclear weapons, recrafting strategic arms control for the 21st century, and revitalizing pursuit of nuclear disarmament. It will engage some of the participants in the dialogue for their reflections on the discussions, their views on these challenges, and the actions they see as most important or ripe for pursuit now.


Welcoming Remarks

  • Robin Geiss, UNIDIR

Introductory Remarks

  • Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affair

Discussion of Dialogue Findings, including:

  • Lewis Dunn, UNIDIR
  • Karim Haggag, American University in Cairo
  • Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center
  • Manpreet Sethi, Centre for Air Power Studies
  • Wilfred Wan, UNIDIR (moderator)

Followed by Q&A


UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts interested in nuclear disarmament, nuclear deterrence, and strategic arms control.


In July 2020, UNIDIR launched an informal dialogue on nuclear disarmament, nuclear deterrence, and strategic arms control, bringing together a diverse group of policymakers, experts, and civil society representatives from around the world. In September 2021, the Institute issued a findings paper that showcases key propositions, findings, and recommendations from the dialogue. Together, its points offer a promising vision and the elements from which to craft an agenda for enhanced global collaboration to reduce today’s nuclear dangers.


United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
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