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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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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’?

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

Array 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

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Array 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

11:30 - 14:30 My Europe – My Story Partner
15:00 - 16:30 Opening Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 New perspectives on EU enlargement Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Drink reception Social

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in education Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EU Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis Breakout
13:00 - 14:15 Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides? Plenary
15:00 - 16:15 Democracies under pressure Plenary
16:30 - 18:30 Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regions Partner
16:30 - 18:30 Green Finance: Private capital against climate change Partner
16:45 - 18:15 The subsidiarity principle under scrutiny Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 European-Israeli Dinner Social
18:15 - 19:00 POLITICO Happy Hour Social

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable development Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration? Breakout
11:00 - 12:45 From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisis Partner
12:30 - 13:45 Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 European Union – Russia: What to do? Plenary
16:15 - 17:15 The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency Plenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in business Partner
07:30 - 08:30 The rule of law under scrutiny Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change Plenary