This month marks the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), which was set up by the United Nations Security Council to oversee the elimination of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction after the first Gulf War.
To commemorate the event, King’s College London, in collaboration with the Office for Disarmament Affairs, will host a virtual webinar to reflect on UNSCOM’s unique work and achievements, with a particular focus on its biological weapons work.
A panel of international experts will also consider how UNSCOM’s experiences can inform current efforts to strengthen arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation efforts today, including through open source investigations monitoring weapon flows.
This event is by invitation only.
The programme will feature the following speakers:
- Welcome: Filippa Lentzos and Henrietta Wilson
- Opening remarks: Ioan Tudor
- Historical framer: Stephen Black
- Inspector reflections: Charles Duelfer, David R. Franz, Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack, Åke Sellström, Nikita Smidovitch, Terence Taylor and Tim Trevan