SCRAP talk on, 'New Approaches to General and Complete Disarmament: The Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation' at the United Nations in Geneva Tue, 2013-03-05 20:23

On Wednesday 13 February 2013, the Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP) held a public meeting at the United Nations in Geneva. Participants were welcomed by SCRAP Project Officer and SOAS Student, Anna Feuer. Diplomats from a score of nations joined the discussion introduced by Director General Kassym Jomart Tokayev (United Nations Office at Geneva and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament), and Chaired by his Excellency Ambassador Helmut Hoffman (German Permanent Mission to the UN).

The meeting established SCRAP as a credible part of diplomatic dialogue on disarmament. The rare speech by the Director-General at an event organised by a single NGO and led by students, the eminence of the chair and the expertise of the respondents, all testify to the significance of what was called a ?new paradigm? in disarmament proposals.

Participants: Director-General Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (United Nations Office at Geneva, and
Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament), Ambassador Hoffman (German Permanent Mission to the UN), Dr Dan Plesch (Director, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, London), Peter Herby (Advisor to Norwegian Red Cross and Independent Consultant on Arms Control) Marc Finaud (Geneva Centre for Security Policy) Natasha Dyer(SCRAP Project officer, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, London) Anna Feuer (SCRAP Project Officer, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, London) Max Moncaster (SCRAP Project Officer, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)