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PIR Center Special Advisor Vladimir Orlov met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


NEW YORK. OCTOBER 5, 2016. PIR PRESS - In the course of the sixty-sixth session of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a working lunch with the members of the Advisory Board. Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the Board, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center, took part in the meeting.

Lunch, which became the last official meeting of the UN Secretary General with the Advisory Board before Ban Ki-moon’s retirement from his post in December 2016, was held at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary General noted the stagnation in nuclear disarmament during his work and expressed willingness to continue cooperation on this issue with the Advisory Board members after the end of his mandate.

The meeting focused on the priorities in the work of the Advisory Board, including the Middle East issues and the establishment of WMD-Free Zone in the region, the potential merging of cyber- and WMD-terrorism, as well as cyber security risks for nuclear and bio-infrastructure, the situation around the North Korean nuclear program and necessity of the prompt entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’s (CTBT).

Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov drew attention to the importance of expanding and strengthening the monitoring system, run by the Preparatory Commission for CTBTO.

Vladimir Orlov notably raised the issue of the strategic conventional weapons in, particularly a hypersonic strategic weapons, which could undermine strategic stability. According to the Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center, the question on prevention of arms race in this area requires further study in a variety of formats, including the UN formats and platform.

During the conversation with the UN Secretary General Vladimir Orlov also introduced Ban Ki-moon to the recommendations contained in the May report of the PIR Center, dedicated to the strengthening of the international non-proliferation regime in 2016-2020.

Vladimir Orlov informed the UN Secretary General on the progress in education in the field of nuclear nonproliferation. In particular, he spoke about the US - Russia initiative to establishing an international double degree master's program in "WMD Nonproliferation Studies". This MA program was launched by MGIMO and the PIR Center in Moscow and the Middlebury Institute in Monterey. It was also noted that there was a need for the other active steps in this direction in the various regions of the world, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board could revisit this issue at one of its following sessions.

In conclusion, the UN Secretary General thanked the Advisory Board members for their contributions to the understanding of the actual problems of disarmament, the formation of the international agenda in this area. "Spasibo bolshoye " – this is how Ban Ki-moon thanked the Russian member of the Board in Russian.

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