RSSConference on Disarmament

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

U.S. and Norway Co-host IPNDV Roundtable

IPNDV brings together both nuclear-weapon and non-nuclear weapons states under a cooperative framework to find solutions to the challenges involved in the verification of nuclear disarmament.

Second Plenary Meeting of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV)

Experts from twenty-five countries, both nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states gathered in Oslo, Norway from November 16-18, 2015 to launch the work of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification.

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 […]

Other International Security Issues

U.S. Delegation Statement on “Weapons Review”

We would like to take this opportunity to share our views on what a comprehensive weapon review process should entail for weapons with autonomous functions. To be clear, when I refer to a weapon review process, I am referring to more than a legal review of a weapon system.

U.S. Delegation Statement on “Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment”

We would like to take this opportunity to explain what we mean by “appropriate levels of human judgment” as well as aspects of our policy that ensure appropriate levels of human judgments are capable of being exercised in the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems, including potential LAWS.

First Secretary of State Visiting Hiroshima, John Kerry: “War must never be the First Resort”

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But the reason we came here was not to be stuck in the past. We came here and drew from the experience of touring in this museum how critical it is that we all apply the lessons of the past to the future and the present (…) a reminder of the depth of obligation […]