Arms Control and International Security: Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Conventional Weapons

Mr. Chairman, the United States is a High Contracting Party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and all of its Protocols. We view the CCW as an important instrument because it has brought together States with diverse national security concerns, but shared concern over certain threats that affect us all.
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Ambassador Wood’s Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Regional Disarmament and Security

States base their decisions regarding deterrence and defense on their perceptions of the security environment. The U.S initiative on “Creating the Conditions for Nuclear Disarmament” – which we refer to as “CCND” for short – reflects that reality by recognizing that reducing regional tensions and conflicts will contribute to creating conditions conducive to progress on ...
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Syria has Neither the Credibility nor the Moral Authority to Assume the Presidency of the CD

Ambassador Robert Wood: Simply put, it is a travesty that the Syrian regime – which continues to indiscriminately slaughter its own people with weapons banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention – should presume to preside over this body.
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NPT PrepCom: Closing Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood

Closing Statement by the United States Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Ambassador Robert A. Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Geneva, May 4, 2018 Mr. Chairman, First, allow me to thank you for your impressive ...
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EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.45: Follow-up to the 2013 High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament

We believe that nuclear proliferation and non-compliance by a few States with their respective nonproliferation obligations, as well as nuclear terrorism and the deterioration of the international security environment constitute serious threats to international peace and security.
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Ambassador Robert Wood Remarks at CD Plenary on North Korea

Ambassador Robert Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Opening Remarks for Plenary on North Korea August 30, 2017 As prepared for delivery I have requested the floor in today’s Plenary meeting to address the undeniable threat North Korea poses to international peace and security.  This Conference is a critical ...
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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

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."
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Secretary of State John Kerry Meets with U.S. Mission Geneva Staff

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry U.S. Mission Geneva, Switzerland May 2, 2016 AMBASSADOR HAMAMOTO: Secretary, it’s so great to have you back here in Geneva. After coming here numerous times over the last couple years, it’s now been about nine months since your last visit, and I will say we were starting to worry that ...
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VIDEO: Ambassador Wood: Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention

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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Ambassador Robert Wood: U.S. Perspectives on the Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Disarmament

As President Obama has said, the path to zero will require patience and persistence. It requires a broad strategy aimed at strengthening the nonproliferation regime, preventing nuclear terrorism, and pursuing concrete steps that build a foundation for future progress and lead in the direction of nuclear disarmament.
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Biography of Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues Ambassador Robert A. Wood serves as the U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and as U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues. He was confirmed by the United States Senate ...
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Ambassador Robert Wood: Ensuring the Long-Term Sustainability and Security of the Space Enviroment

According to the U.S. analysis, the draft PPWT, like the earlier 2008 version, remains fundamentally flawed. Above all, there is no integral verification regime to help monitor the ban on the placement of weapons in space, and no prospect of achieving a capability to effectively verify an agreement banning space-based weapons with existing technologies and ...
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U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Delivers his First Statement to the CD Plenary

Introductory Statement by Ambassador Robert A. Wood at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) Plenary Tuesday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. As Delivered Mr. President, Acting Secretary General, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, If I may, let me first thank Ambassadors Woolcott and Gallegos for their service at the Conference on Disarmament and wish them well in ...
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Exploratory Talks in Geneva Seek to Determine if North Korea is Serious About Fulfilling its Commitments

State Deparatment Spokesperson: This is a continuation of the exploratory meetings to determine if North Korea is prepared to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 joint statement of the Six-Party Talks and its nuclear – international obligations as well as take concrete steps toward denuclearization. And as always, we’re going to remain in very close ...
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Statement by Robert Wood on the Durban Review Conference

"...The DDPA singles out one particular conflict and prejudges key issues that can only be resolved in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. The United States also has serious concerns with relatively new additions to the text regarding “incitement,” that run counter to the U.S. commitment to unfettered free speech. Unfortunately, it now seems certain ...
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U.S. Posture Toward the Durban Review Conference and Participation in the HRC

Sadly, however, the document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse, and the current text of the draft outcome document is not salvageable. As a result, the United States will not engage in further negotiations on this text, nor will we participate in a conference based on this text. A conference based on this ...
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