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2012 John Gee Lecture - Chemical weapons disarmament and non-proliferation in the modern world

*Please note the venue has changed from Law Link Theatre to the Common Room at University House*

The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre is pleased to announce that the 2012 John Gee lecture will be delivered by Ahmet Uzumcu, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

H E Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed Director-General of the OPCW in December 2009 by the 14th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and began his term of office on 25 July 2010. Immediately prior to this appointment he served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Ambassador Üzümcü is a career diplomat with vast experience in multilateral diplomacy. During the past decade he has represented Turkey at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Council, the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Üzümcü chaired the Conference on Disarmament for four weeks in March 2008 and attended various disarmament-related meetings and conferences in Geneva, Brussels and elsewhere. He has a thorough understanding of and considerable expertise in political-military affairs, disarmament and proliferation issues.

Please RSVP to by 5pm Monday 23 July 2012.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Refreshments served in the Common Room from 6pm.

Speaker/Host: H E Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, opened by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC
Venue: Common Room, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU
Date: Thursday, 26 July 2012
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Enquiries: Olivia Cable on 6197 0015
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