PH diplomat joins UN Disarmament Fellowship
MANILA, Philippines - Young diplomats from 25 countries, including the Philippines, are participating in the 2013 United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament, which started in Geneva this week.
The Philippines is represented by Shirley L. Flores, First Committee and Disarmament Expert and Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York.
She is only the fifth Filipino to join the UN program since it started in 1979.
Aside from the Philippines, other participating diplomats are from member states such as Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, United States and Uruguay.
The 9-week program will include exchanges with representatives of States members of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, delegations to the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, staff members of the Office for Disarmament Affairs and members of the academic community.
In Geneva, the fellows will have the opportunity to attend sessions of the Conference on Disarmament and participate in a study visit to Berne, organized by Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
In New York, they will follow the proceedings of the First Committee.
The program will also include study visits to the Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, as well as country-specific study visits hosted by the Governments of China, Germany, Japan and Kazakhstan.
Launched by the General Assembly in 1978 with the aim of promoting expertise in disarmament in more Member States, particularly developing countries, the Programme is implemented by the Office for Disarmament Affairs. In its 34 years of existence, it has trained about 900 public officials from nearly 160 Member States, a large number of whom now hold positions of responsibility in the disarmament field within their own Governments.
The fellowship program will conclude at United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 24.