New USG for Disarmament

Nobuyasu Abe of Japan was appointed as the new Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs by the Secretary-General, effective 1 July 2003. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Abe served as Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Abe, who joined the Japanese Foreign Service in 1967, is an accomplished diplomat with vast experience in the field of arms control and disarmament. In addition to bilateral assignments dealing with political and economic issues,
Mr. Abe acquired extensive expertise in multilateral diplomacy, serving in the Japanese mission to International Organizations in Geneva (1977-79) and in Vienna (1999-2001), and the United Nations in New York (1987-90 and
1996-97).

Mr. Abe was an international fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in Boston (1986-87), where he later served as Consul-General of Japan (1994-96).

Earlier in his career, he served in Tokyo as Private Secretary to Foreign Minister Kiichi Miyazawa (1974-76); Director of Policy Planning (1984-86); and sous-Sherpa for the G7 Summits (1992-94). His last assignment in Tokyo was Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs (1997-99). During that time, he helped organize the Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He was instrumental in bringing about the Japanese ratification of the Mine-Ban Convention.

During his assignment in Vienna, he led the efforts to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and to conclude the negotiation on the Firearms Protocol of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Mr Abe was born in Akita, Japan, on 9 September 1945. He studied at the University of Tokyo and later at Amherst College in Massachusetts, majoring in political science. He is married to Akiko (Sugawara) and has two sons.