The Arms Control and Disarmament Centre (ACDC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised a webtalk on “Issues and Debate at the Conference on Disarmament (CD): A View from Pakistan” by Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN, Geneva on August 17, 2021. Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, was the discussant. Various distinguished national and international experts attended the webtalk. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, welcomed the participants. Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director ACDC-ISSI, moderated the event.
Introduction by Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director ACDC-ISSI
Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director ACDC-ISSI, in his introductory remarks said that the CD was recognised as single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum for the international community. The CD conducts its work and adopts its decisions by consensus. Currently, with its 65 member states, the CD is primarily focusing on cessation of the nuclear arms race and comprehensive nuclear disarmament; prevention of nuclear war and arms race in outer space; effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons; new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons; radiological weapons and transparency in armaments.