Dr. Hans Blix
Chief Weapons Inspector for the U.N. in Iraq
Chair, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission
will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 8:15 p.m., Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia.
Ralph Bunche Memorial Lecture
Weapons of Mass Destruction:
Lessons from Iraq
In 2000, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan chose Dr. Blix as head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic). As director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1981 to 1997, he was in charge of overseeing inspections of Iraq's nuclear programme. Dr. Blix has a doctorate in law, and has pursued his studies in Sweden, England and the US. He joined Sweden's foreign ministry in 1963, and became its head 15 years later. He spent 20 years on Sweden's delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva before heading the IAEA. Dr. Blix is currently chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, an international independent commission set up with a mandate to produce realistic proposals on how to reduce the dangers from WMD. Dr. Blix has written several books concerning international and constitutional law. This special lecture is co-sponsored by The Vancouver Institute, the President's Office at the University of B.C. and the Simons Centre for Peace and Disarmament Research in the Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Fall Program 2004
Sep 18, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Monday Nov 8, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4.