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In her keynote address to the IIEA, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General discusses how the current complex security environment demands a new vision for arms control. Ms. Nakamitsu outlines how the nuclear order has evolved since the Cold War and argue that the emergence of revolutionary technologies could increase prospects of armed conflict and seriously undermine nuclear stability.

Orlaith Fitzmaurice, Director of Disarmament at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also provides a brief overview of Ireland’s position on disarmament which has been a signature foreign policy priority since its UN membership.

About the Speaker:

Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in May 2017. Previously, Ms. Nakamitsu worked in the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme and served as Director of the Asia and Middle East Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Ms. Nakamitsu holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.