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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on February 22nd, 2014
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

 

  

 

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.
8 January 2014In March 2012, Angela Kane of Germany was chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, heading the office that promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and supports disarmament regimes involving other weapons of mass destruction. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, particularly small arms which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts. – See more
8 January 2014 – In March 2012, Angela Kane of Germany was chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, heading the office that promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and supports disarmament regimes involving other weapons of mass destruction. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, particularly small arms which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts. – See more at: 
8 January 2014 – In March 2012, Angela Kane of Germany was chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, heading the office that promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and supports disarmament regimes involving other weapons of mass destruction. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, particularly small arms which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts. – See more at: 
8 January 2014 – In March 2012, Angela Kane of Germany was chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, heading the office that promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and supports disarmament regimes involving other weapons of mass destruction. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, particularly small arms which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts. – See more at: 

UN News Centre: Ms. Kane, 2013 seems to have been a very active year in the field of disarmament.  What would you identify as some of the most important accomplishments?

Angela Kane: I think 2013 was a very memorable year for disarmament.   First of all in April, we saw the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty and this had been some six, seven or eight years if not longer in the making and we had a conference which did not reach agreement.  At year’s end we have 115 countries that have already signed it, and 9 ratifications.  That is a really fantastic achievement.  We only need 50 ratifications for the treaty to come into effect, and we expect that if it doesn’t happen by the end of 2014 it will certainly happen in 2015. 

Another historic development was over the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  The Syrian Government had come to the Secretary-General to ask for an investigation of an incident that took place Khan al-Assal near Aleppo.  The Secretary-General accepted that request.  He received similar requests from other Member States and this was an effort that resulted in the finding, by an investigation team, that chemical weapons had in fact been used on a large scale in the suburb of Damascus called Ghouta and several other smaller incidents as well.  And it also resulted in Syria acceding to the Chemical Weapons Convention and ridding itself of the chemical weapons it had at its disposal.

–   See more at: 

ALSO RECENTLY:

 

Please join the Foreign Policy Association for a lecture on the chemical weapons in Syria with Ms. Angela Kane. Angela Kane has served as the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs since 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.  The event is part of the James McDonald Lecture on Humanitarian Intervention.

DATE:              Thursday, December 5, 2013

TIME:               5:30 PM- 8:00 PM

LOCATION:     Hearst Tower, New York City

Then from the “Stake Out” in front of the UN Security Council doors – by the UK Ambassador to the UN:
Q: Actually it seems that the P3, I mean the P3 you left the stakeout for Churkin to say whatever he wanted to say and no one showed up just to give a different version of the story so why did you give him this opportunity to accuse the opposition of using chemical weapons and the second time actually he talked about (indistinct) so are you avoiding talking about this?
A: Not at all. I’m talking about it now, but I am very happy to leave it to the good sense of journalists when the Flat Earth Society comes out with its arguments. I don’t think any one takes those arguments seriously. There were elements of the Iranian regime itself that admitted that the Syrian regime carried out the 21st August attack. I think it is only the Russian Federation and the Syrian regime itself that it is still arguing publicly that the Opposition is responsible in some sort of act of provocation. It’s fantasy, frankly, and rewriting of history by the Russian Federation.
Q: Is the Security Council going to call for a further Mission to look into who is responsible, because Angela Kane and Ake Sellsrom had mentioned that obviously that was not in their mandate and obviously the UN would have to take further steps to look into that. Did the Security Council talk about that?
A: I don’t think so, but a couple of Security Council Members including myself did say that we need to look at the UN mechanism, because at the time of the Iraq war, the report by the UN did make attribution on the chemical weapon use. It was as a result of that, that the mechanism changed and the mandate narrowed so that in future investigations they would not draw conclusions on culpability. We think that that is wrong and where there is evidence of culpability than a UN investigation should make that conclusion clear, but that will require a change in the mechanism and I, and a number of other Council Members, made that point and that is something that we will be taking forward with the Secretariat.
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The event is behind us and we found it very instructive – also extremely important was that Ms. Kane reminded us that some 130,000 people were killed in Syria with conventional weapons and bombs – all this while the UN is tied up with niceties about government sovereignty? No mention whatsoever about THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT. Could the UN follow at least its own decisions?

 

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