A Fireside Chat with a New Zealand Diplomat

November 10, 2021

Moderator: Nomsa Ndongwe

On 13 October 2021, CNS hosted a fireside chat with Katy Donnelly, manager of the Disarmament Unit within the International Security and Disarmament Division at New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Speaker: Katy Donnelly

Katy has served as New Zealand’s Deputy Permanent Representative on disarmament issues in Geneva from 2015-2018, and was part of New Zealand’s delegation to the negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She has also served as Deputy Head of Mission at New Zealand’s Permanent Mission in Vienna from 2008 to 2011, with particular responsibility for nuclear issues (including the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) as well as export controls.

The topics discussed in this event ranged from New Zealand’s Disarmament Strategy Narrative 2020-2022 which includes contributing to a positive outcome of the NPT Review Conference namely through the New Agenda Coalition; support of the Stockholm Initiative; increasing ratifications and signatures of the TPNW and achieve a positive outcome at the First Meeting of States Parties and achieving progress on nuclear legacy issues in the Pacific. The role of disarmament education and support for gender-based initiatives as well as New Zealand’s disarmament work in the conventional arms space were also covered.

The frank and informative conversation was an opportunity for the CNS and MIIS community as well as members of civil society and citizens of other countries to chat with someone who, while representing her country, has been instrumental in modern disarmament history.

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