Effective Multilateralism: The Experience of Chemical Weapons Elimination in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic on 16 October 2013.  

Ms. Kaag will speak on her experiences in dealing with the extreme challenges she and her team encountered in eliminating the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in the unpredictable storm of the Syrian Civil War.  She will address the problems, challenges, and potential opportunities that lie in constructive multilateral approaches to addressing chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.    

Ms. Kaag brings a wealth of experience in international organizations and the diplomatic service, combined with country experience, notably in the Middle East. Prior, Ms. Kaag was Assistant Secretary-General of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Amman, Jordan (2007-2010), and earlier as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Programmes in New York.

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This event is open to the public and open to the press. Press inquiries may be directed to the Georgetown  Office of Communications at gucomm@georgetown.edu.  

Any questions regarding the event may be directed to Andrea Clabough, Coordinator of Program and Support Services, at the Center for Security Studies (202-687-0436).

Any questions or inquiries for Ms. Kaag may be directed to Rhitu Rose, Liaison Officer at the  Joint OPCW-UN Mission in Syria (917-977-0702).

Any guests requiring wheelchair accessibility may contact the Center for Security Studies Main Office at 202-687-5679.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Riggs, Riggs Library Healy Hall 301, Georgetown University

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Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Security Studies Program, Center for Security Studies



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