2012 World Leaders Lecture Forum with Mohamed ElBaradei
"The Challenge of Security in Our World"
September 13, 2012
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In this lecture, Dr. ElBaradei will discuss how global inequity and insecurity challenge efforts for a durable, global peace. Based on his work in Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, ElBaradei will speak about security in its broadest context, contending that national and international security requires more than large military arsenals. His talk will consider the role of nuclear weapons in global security and address the possibility of a nuclear weapons free world with a sustainable global security system. ElBaradei will also argue that finding solutions to global conflict, poverty, hunger, and disease are essential components of lasting security.
Dr. ElBaradei served three terms as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization that is part of the United Nations system, with a mandate to make nuclear technology available for peaceful purposes and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. During his tenure, Dr. ElBaradei pioneered measures to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and was a staunch advocate of nuclear disarmament. He also made a priority of promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear power for development to redress inequality and help lift the one third of humanity who live on fewer than two dollars a day out of poverty.
In October 2005, Dr. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way." In its citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee referred to the IAEA’s work as being of "incalculable importance", describing Dr. ElBaradei as an "unafraid advocate" of new measures to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime.