U.N. Chairman of Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission to Discuss “Achieving a Nuclear Weapons-Free World” at an International Videoconference at College

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 Dr. Hans Blix, chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission at the United Nations will discuss “Achieving a Nuclear Weapons-Free World” in an international dialogue at Chestnut Hill College on October 22, 2008. The program will be held in the Social Room, Fournier Hall from 5-7 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Rotunda, St. Joseph Hall.

Joining Dr. Blix in the discussion will be Thomas Graham, chair of the Bipartisan Security Group, as they both consider practical steps toward a world without nukes. Introducing the program will be Craig Eisendrath, chairman of The Project for Nuclear Awareness, an organization founded in 2006 “to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the need for nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.” Emily Gleason of PNA will introduce Dr. Blix on behalf of the organization, Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.

Following the comments of Dr. Blix and Ambassador Graham, the College will utilize teleconferencing technology to extend the dialogue beyond Chestnut Hill to include audiences in Burnaby, British Columbia; Mexico City, Mexico; and Washington, DC. During an extensive question and answer period, attendees will have a chance to engage in discussion with two of the world's leading experts on these issues.

Dr. Hans Blix has served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and was appointed in 2000 to his present position as head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). In Sweden, he served at the Swedish foreign ministry and also as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has published several books on subjects associated with international and constitutional law, and received an honorary doctorate from Moscow State University and the Henry de Wolf Smyth Award.

In 1997, Blix was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service in the Field of Nuclear Affairs by the Uranium Institute, the predecessor to the World Nuclear Association, and was later appointed honorary chairman. Dr. Hans Blix studied at the University of Uppsala, Columbia University, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. In addition, Dr. Blix received a Doctorate of Law degree from Stockholm University, where he served as a professor in international law.

The lecture is hosted by The Project for Nuclear Awareness, and co-sponsored by Global Education Motivators (GEM), the Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, and Students for a Nuclear Weapons Free World.

General admission to the event is $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, please contact Wayne Jacoby at 215.248.1150 or e-mail gem@chc.edu