OPCW-UN mission chief welcomes recent progress on chemical removal from Syria

A recent acceleration of efforts by Syria and the submission of a revised timeline for removing toxic agents bode well for meeting the 30 June 2014 deadline for destroying the country’s chemical weapons programme, the official charged with overseeing the venture said today after briefing the United Nations Security Council on progress to date. Read more     ...

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Syria: UN calls for speeding up pace of lagging chemical weapons elimination

The United Nations today welcomed a long-sought accord to let in convoys with life-saving supplies for 500 Syrian families trapped by war in the Old City of Homs without any aid for two years, but voiced growing concern at the slow pace in ridding the country of chemical weapons, calling for swifter action. Read more     ...

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Upcoming Event: Ms. Angela Kane – UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

The Women’s International Forum is pleased to present    “The UN Role in the Chemical Weapons Issue in Syria: An Insider’s Perspective”                                                        by Ms. Angela Kane UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs  Date:     Thursday, February 20th 2014 Time:     1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Venue:  UNHQ Room 3 CB – ENTRANCE AT 47th STREET GATE  Ms. Angela Kane of Germany assumed the position of High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in March 2012. She provides the Secretary-General with advice and support on all arms control, non-proliferation and related security matters and is responsible for the activities of the Office for Disarmament Affairs. Ms. Kane has had a long and distinguished career in the United Nations. In addition to substantive assignments in political affairs, peacekeeping and disarmament, she has held various managerial functions, including with financial and policy-setting responsibility. She served as Under-Secretary-General for Management from 2008-2012. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Kane served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, a core function related to the prevention and resolution of conflicts. Her geographic responsibilities included all regions except Africa. Her field experience includes Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), a special assignment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and postings in Indonesia and Thailand. Ms. Kane also held the positions of Director in the Department of Political Affairs and Director in the Department of Public Information. She served as Principal Political Officer with former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and worked with the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central American Peace Process. Ms. Kane worked on disarmament issues for several years and was responsible for the activities of the World Disarmament Campaign. Please read more about Ms. Angela Kane here. Please reply to obtain a pass by one of the following methods: Online registration Leave a Voicemail: 1-212-963.3112. Please spell your name and your guest’s and leave a contact no. Please send us your cheque for guest fees ($10 per guest) to the Women’s International Forum, One UN Plaza, DC 1-0648, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. UN Security requires a list of all attendees without UN passes by February 18th 2014 at the latest. Passes should be picked up from WIF Board Members by 1.00 pm – at 47th Street gate – on the day of the lecture on February 20th 2014. UN...

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