Sell-out success for UNA Youth Conference 2013

Attendees chat during networking lunch
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New Nuclear Realities, UNA Youth’s 2013 conference, took place on Saturday 23 February in North London.
With over 200 places booked and almost 20 expert speakers this event was UNA Youth's biggest gathering of 2013.  Participants enjoyed lectures and panel debates with high profile nuclear professionals, UN careers guidance and networking with other members from across the UK.
John Duncan, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Director of Communications and former UK Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament, started off the morning by discussing the past and current contexts of nuclear weapons policy.  This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Paul Ingram (BASIC) with panellists Mark Fitzpatrick (IISS), Rebecca Johnson (ACRONYM), and Patricia Lewis (Chatham House).  This panel addressed key nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation challenges including: tactical nuclear weapons in Europe; the prospects of halting nuclear proliferation in the Middle East; the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; and the likeli