Exploring Futures for Peace, Security and Disarmament

Hybrid Event: Geneva and Online
22 January 2024
Exploring Futures for Peace, Security and Disarmament

This event marked the launch of the UNIDIR report ‘International Security in 2045: Exploring Futures for Peace, Security and Disarmament’.

Matters of disarmament and arms control play an important role in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as more broadly, in the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet these processes and mechanisms are affected by – and in some cases are also confronted with – a number of interlinked and intersecting issues and crises, in addition to having to keep pace with a variety of evolutions, not least in the field of new and emerging technologies.

This event presented and discussed the findings of the aforementioned UNIDIR new. The study employed foresight to explore threats to international security linked to arms control and disarmament, with a view to identifying options for actions which could mitigate the identified challenges. The report and its findings are also pertinent to the recent and ongoing efforts by the United Nations on considering future threats and the future of global cooperation. In Our Common Agenda, the United Nations Secretary-General made a call to hold a Summit of the Future, to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reinvigorating the multilateral system.

The Summit of the Future is due to take place in September 2024 and will discuss, among other topics, issues of international peace and security. This new report, along with this event, therefore also aims to serve as a way through which to establish interest in pursuing conversations on these topics in the lead-up to the Summit of the Future.


A recording of this event is available on our YouTube channel, and below.


Monday 22 January 2023, 14.30-15.45 CET.

Hybrid format – In-person in Geneva, Switzerland (Room XXVII, Palais des Nations) and online.
Please consult this website to find your local time.


Opening Remarks:

  • Ambassador Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaican Ambassador to Japan
  • Dr Robin Geiss, Director, UNIDIR


  • Ambassador Thomas Göbel, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • Tiana Desker, Director, Strategic Futures & Emerging Technologies, Ministry of Defence, Singapore
  • Sarah Grand-Clément, Researcher, UNIDIR

Moderated by Dr Giacomo Persi Paoli, Head of Programme, UNIDIR


We welcome representatives from Member State delegations, as well as members of the multi-stakeholder community including industry, civil society, academia, and intergovernmental organizations.


Registration is mandatory for both in-person and virtual participation. Please contact sectec-unidir@un.org if you have any questions.

  • To attend in person, please register here (via UN Indico System), by Friday 19 January 2024. Indico registration is mandatory for all participants, including those who already have the UNOG grounds pass. User guides on Indico registration can be found here.
  • To attend virtually, please register here (via Microsoft Forms), by Friday 19 January 2024. The link to access the event will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the session.