Address by the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

17 April 2014
Angela Kane_Official photo for website
Angela Kane, the UN High Rep for Disarmament Affairs

Prospects for disarmament were discussed in a fascinating address by Angela Kane, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, at a public lecture hosted by the Auckland Law School in partnership with the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs and the Auckland sub-branch of the International Law Association on 3 April. Ms Kane was visiting New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and she was accompanied during her visit to the Law School by New Zealand’s Ambassador for Disarmament, Dell Higgie.

As UN High Representative for Disarmament, Ms Kane has been at the forefront of efforts to disarm Syria, leading the negotiations that have led to the ongoing process to identify and destroy the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpile and directing the teams investigating the use of such weapons. The topic of her lecture was “Disarmament: Prospects, Possibilities and Potential Pitfalls” and in the course of her talk, Ms Kane outlined possible futures for nuclear disarmament – ranging from “business as usual” to “revolution”, meaning the coming together of the international community to create fully verifiable nuclear disarmament machinery. While she admitted that such a revolution might be some way off, there was no doubt that Ms Kane felt optimistic overall about the prospects for nuclear disarmament.




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