Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Dialogue with Students

September 30, 2016 | 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, ​Harvard University, Taubman Building, Nye Rooms A & B

The U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee and the U.N. Office of Disarmament Affairs collaborated with the Stimson Center to create an international essay competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The winners will be announced, and some will be presenting their ideas at this event. The goals of the competition were to involve the younger generation in understanding and addressing the important issue of proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), i.e., chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and to solicit innovative student approaches to implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) to support the Council’s Comprehensive Review of the resolution this year.

WHAT: On the record discussion of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and honoring the winners of the U.N. International Student Essay Competition on non-proliferation.
For the finalists’ abstracts, CLICK HERE and for their biographies, CLICK HERE. For the speaker biographies, CLICK HERE.


10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Awards Event

10:30 - 11:00 Registration, Coffee, Networking

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Welcome and Contest Background 

Mr. Gary Gregg, Stimson Center Board Member, former President and CEO of Liberty Mutual Agency Corporation
and Mrs. Debra Decker, Senior Advisor, Stimson Center

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Luncheon and Announcement of Contest Winners

Amb. Román Oyarzun Marchesi,

Chair of U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee (on Non-proliferation) and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations Security Council

Mr. Kim Won-soo,

Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
With an introduction by: Dr. Gary Samore, Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussions: Preventing WMD Proliferation – Challenges and Potential Solutions

View from Academe: 
Moderator - Dr.  Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice,  John F. Kennedy School of Government,  Harvard University
Dr. Dana Perkins, Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, former 1540 Expert
Mr. Will Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Dr. Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Security Studies Program in Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

View from NY and Dialogue with Students
Moderator:  Ambassador Jouni Laaksonen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland  
- Mr. Craig Finkelstein, Coordinator for the Working Group of the 1540 Committee on Transparency and Outreach
Mr. José Javier Gutiérrez Blanco-Navarrete, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, New York [TBC] or - Mr. Terence Taylor, Coordinator of the 1540 Group of Experts
Dr. Michael D. Rosenthal, 1540 Group of Experts

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. WMD Dual-use Match Game

Dr. Andrew Castiglioni, Argonne National Lab