Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Thursday 19 Oct 2017
Glad to have the opportunity to share ideas with students of today. My engagement in disarmament negotiations began in 1962, when as a legal
advisor I joined Ms Alva Myrdal at the Eighteen Nations Disarmament Conference in Geneva. The ENDC was the precursor to today’s Geneva
Conference that has been in coma for some 20 years. In the 1960s, 70s, 80s and first half of the 90s it was alive and relatively productive.
Since the second half of the 90s the disarmament gearshift has been in the reverse. My generation can be proud of many things that have been
achieved in the world since WWII – emancipation of colonial territories, growing and widening emancipation of women, economic development,
etc. However, the arms stocks are bigger than ever and we have evidently failed to remove the risk of war – the primary task of the UN. It falls on
your generation to reduce the risk of war and to spare the world from spending some 1.700 billion dollars annually for military purposes. Läs föredraget