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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

The vital importance of women's participation in disarmament, conflict prevention and peace-building was the focus of a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office at Geneva May 19.  

Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the CD, said the United States believes the participation of women is absolutely essential to international peace and security and to our own national security.  "Wherever you look in the field of international security, American women have made their presence known," Wood said.  "From negotiating a historic agreement with Iran, locking down nuclear material all over the globe, or negotiating cuts in U.S.-Russian strategic nuclear stockpiles, the common thread is that professional women from the United States played an indispensable role." 

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Ambassador Wood: “Including women and their perspectives in our conflict prevention efforts, our efforts to end wars and bring about just and sustainable peace, our efforts to protect civilian populations and hold accountable those that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, is absolutely essential to international peace and stability, and to U.S. national security.”

Ambassador Robert Wood Addresses Conference on Disarmament Opening Plenary

We are coming off the heels of another challenging year in the CD, but the United States continues to have faith in this distinguished forum. In the past, when the CD has been able to negotiate on substance, it has made great progress in the fields of arms control and disarmament, resulting in […]

U.S. and Norway Co-host IPNDV Roundtable – Photo Gallery

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RSSBiological Weapons Convention (BWC)

Ambassador Robert Wood’s Statement at the BWC Preparatory Committee Meeting

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The BWC is an important agreement with noble objectives, and it has contributed to international peace and security. Unfortunately, it is also true that the threat of biological weapons remains real.

Ambassador Robert Wood Addresses Biological Weapons Convention Opening Plenary

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International cooperation is an important element of the BWC. We know there are disagreements about how to advance the goals of Article X of the Convention; but we should not allow those disagreements to prevent us from agreeing where we can and identifying specific steps we can take.

VIDEO: Ambassador Wood: Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention

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The 2015 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) will be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 14 to 18 December 2015.   In this interview, Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues, discusses efforts to drive effective action toward further implementation of […]

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