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05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Global power
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2017 saw the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) by 122 nations. Hailed as a historic milestone, it brings the last weapons of mass destruction into line with biological and chemical weapons. Explore together with internationally renowned experts the EU’s split between leading supporters of nuclear disarmament and its Member States with nuclear capacity. What are the implications for NATO members who may want to negotiate an opt-out from their reliance on ‘extended nuclear deterrence’?

Speakers

Research and advocacy coordinator - Eurozone, Transparency International; Brussels representative, ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Brussels
Ambassador; Austrian Permanent Representative, PSC - Political and Security Committee, European Council, Brussels
Former Member, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance; Former Vice President, European Parliament, Brussels
Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna
Executive Director, ICAN Austria - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Vienna Chair

Leo HOFFMANN-AXTHELM

Research and advocacy coordinator - Eurozone, Transparency International; Brussels representative, ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Brussels

 Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm is the EU and NATO representative of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Before moving to Brussels, Leo founded ICAN’s German chapter in 2013, where he is on the board. Since 2015, Leo manages the Eurozone programme of Transparency International EU in Brussels, after two years working for the European Commission. Before getting involved with ICAN, he was the Disarmament-Attaché of the Pacific Island Republic of Nauru at the United Nations in New York. Leo grew up between Venice and Berlin, and studied international relations, political economy, and anthropology in Berlin, Dresden, Buenos Aires, and Bruges.

Mag. Alexander KMENTT

Ambassador; Austrian Permanent Representative, PSC - Political and Security Committee, European Council, Brussels

 Ambassador Alexander KMENTT is the Austrian Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union. From 2011 until 2016 he was the Director of the Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. He has specialised on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, including in Geneva as Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament and as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization in Vienna.
 He was responsible for the organisation of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (www.hinw14vienna.at) that took place in December 2014. He was subsequently elected "Arms Control Person of the Year 2014" by the US-based Arms Control Association. Ambassador Kmentt holds holds a Law Degree from Graz University and a Masters Degree (MPhil) in International Relations from Cambridge University (UK).

Mag.a Ulrike LUNACEK

Former Member, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance; Former Vice President, European Parliament, Brussels

1975-1983 Dolmetschstudium für Englisch und Spanisch an der Universität Innsbruck
1981-1982 Aufbau des und Mitarbeit im Frauenhaus Innsbruck
1983-1986 Referentin für die Organisation Frauensolidarität
1986-1988 Deutschlehrerin für politische Flüchtlinge aus Lateinamerika, Irak und Iran
1989-1995 Redakteurin des entwicklungspolitischen Magazins Südwind und Pressereferentin des ÖIE - Österreichisches Informationsdienst für Entwicklungspolitik
seit 1994 Obfrau des Vereins Frauensolidarität Entwicklungspolitische Initiativen für Frauen
1994 Teilnahme an der UN-Konferenz für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung: NGO-Delegierte für den Österreichischen Informationsdienst für Entwicklungspolitik ÖIE in der Regierungsdelegation
1995 Koordination der Pressearbeit für die nichtstaatlichen Organisationen bei der Weltfrauenkonferenz in Peking
1995 Erstmals Kandidatur für die Grünen
1996-1998 Bundesgeschäftsführerin der Grünen
1996-2006 Delegierte der Österreichischen Grünen bei der Europäischen Föderation Grüner Parteien (EFGP), heute EGP Europäische Grüne Partei
1999 Lektorin am Institut für Translationswissenschaften der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1999-2009 NRAbg. und im Grünen Klub zuständig für Außen- und Entwicklungspolitik sowie für die Gleichstellung von Lesben, Schwulen und TransGenderPersonen
1999-2009 Stv. Vorsitzende des Außenpolitischen Ausschusses
2004-2009 Fraktionsvorsitzende im Hauptausschuss
2006-2009 Ko-Vorsitzende der Europäischen Grünen Partei (EGP)
2008-2014 Stellvertretende Klubobfrau der Grünen
seit 2009 Delegierte der Grünen Fraktion im Europäischen Parlament
seit 2009 Abgeordnete, Europäisches Parlament, Brüssel
seit 2009 Außenpolitische Sprecherin der Grünen/EFA-Fraktion
seit 2009 Kosovo-Berichterstatterin des Europäischen Parlaments
seit 2009 Ko-Präsidentin der LGBT-Intergroup
2009-2013 Europasprecherin der Grünen
seit 2013 Vizepräsidentin der Grünen/EFA-Fraktion
seit 2014 Vizepräsidentin des Europäischen Parlaments

Leigh TURNER

Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna

 Leigh Turner grew up in Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland before studying at Manchester Grammar School and, in 1976, Downing College, Cambridge.
 He started work at the Department of Transport in 1979 and subsequently worked in the Department of the Environment and HM Treasury before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983. He had postings in Vienna, Moscow and Berlin before being posted as HM Ambassador Kyiv in 2008, HM Consul-General and Director General UK Trade and Investment Turkey, South Caucasus, Central Asia in Istanbul in 2012 and HM Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to other International Organisations in Vienna in 2016. In his spare time, he writes fiction and walks around Austria. He tweets as @leighturnerFCO and is on Instagram as leighturnerFCO.

MA Nadja SCHMIDT

Executive Director, ICAN Austria - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Vienna

 Nadja Schmidt is the Director and Co-Founder of the Austrian branch of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Since 2017, Nadja is the Founder & CEO of Visuelles, a digital communications agency based in Vienna. Before getting involved with ICAN, she was working in the Departement for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as research assistant at the University of Vienna, as consultant in the field of science communication and served as Secretary General of the Austrian Political Science Association. Nadja is also lecturing at the University of Vienna and the IES Abroad Vienna. Nadja holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and Communications from University of Vienna and a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary European Science of the College of Europe.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary