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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses the importance of nonproliferation education

08.02.2013

Ban-Ki-moon-UN-jpg.jpgMOSCOW, FEBRUARY 8, 2013. PIR PRESS – "A 2002 UN study put it well: the goal must be to learn how to think rather than what to think... Innovative teaching methods are one way forward, and here I credit the approach used at Dr. William Potter's Center, which relies heavily on simulations and role-playing." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

On January 18, 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon delivered a major address on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The Secretary-General drew attention to the fact that, in many countries, very little is done to increase awareness about nonproliferation issues. Furthermore, he is certain that more education will allow the next generation of leaders to look at nuclear weapons in a different manner, be critical of the myths surrounding them, and move toward solutions for international security problems.

Ban Ki-Moon also paid tribute to the leading role that the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and its director, Dr. William Potter, a member of the PIR Center’s Executive Board, have played in advancing the objectives of nonproliferation and disarmament through education. "A 2002 UN study put it well: the goal must be to learn how to think rather than what to think... Innovative teaching methods are one way forward, and here I credit the approach used at Dr. William Potter's Center, which relies heavily on simulations and role-playing," said Ban Ki-Moon.ban_ki_moon_potter_miis_2.jpg

CNS is a world leader in developing nonproliferation education programs. In partnership with the Monterey Institute, they offers the world’s first Master’s program in the field, whose alumni are members of the so-called “Monterey Mafia” and work in international organizations, research centers, and universities across the world. In 2010, CNS opened a new affiliate in conjunction with the Austrian Foreign Ministry – the Vienna Center for Disarmament andNonproliferation.

The timing of the Secretary-General’s address coincided with the announcement that the Monterey Institute has joined the UN’s Academic Impact initiative, which brings universities and the UN together to actively promoting principles of human rights, literacy, sustainability, and conflict resolution.

CNS has been a key partner of the PIR Center since its founding. In December 2012, staff members from the PIR Center and CNS met in Monterey and discussed new avenues for collaboration between the organizations.

ban_ki_moon_students_miis.jpg2012 marked the 10-year anniversary of the passage of UN General Assembly Resolution No. 57/60 and the Secretary-General’s statement on disarmament and nonproliferation education. The study that led to the resolution was initiated by Dr. Potter, and Dr. Orlov played an active role in the process.

In the spring 2012 edition of International Affairs, PIR Center Advisory Board member Viktor Mugorov and Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev published an article called “Nuclear Nonproliferation Culture: A New Resource for Russian Public Diplomacy,” in which they analyze opportunities for Russia to more actively contribute to the realization of the resolution.

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