FAS and the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc) are pleased to announce the inaugural class of Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament.
Calvin Ziru comes from the Solomon Islands and is a lawyer by profession. He is currently a Chevening Scholarship recipient, completing a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations at the Durham University in England. Previous to this, Calvin was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2009-2012), Parliamentary Secretariat and Legal Officer to the National Parliament Office of Solomon Islands (2007-2009), and Legal Associate in a commercial private practice in Fiji (2004-2007).
Charity Anna Porotesano recently graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2012, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recognized her exceptional leadership potential when she was made a Truman Scholar. Porotesano has since returned to her home of American Samoa to work in education and serve as a youth representative on the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Keiko Ono is a recent graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Development Studies. Of Papua New Guinean-Japanese decent, Ono has a strong interest in development and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. She also cares passionately about the future of SOAS where she currently works as the elected Co-President of SOAS Students Union. In this capacity, Ono plays a central management and oversight role in over 190 student-led activities.
Over the next six months, these young leaders will draft a short series of blog posts on contemporary counter-proliferation and disarmament issues. These will be designed to better familiarize the young leaders with opportunities and challenges currently facing the Conference on Disarmament (CD). Each will then be asked to draft a “Statement to the Conference on Disarmament.” These statements will provide their personal views on how the CD could, in the words of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, better live up to expectations. After publishing these statements on the FAS Blog, FAS/PacSoc staff intend to deliver the collection of statements to various Geneva-based diplomatic missions based to coincide with the start of the 2014 CD session.