The Federation of American Scientists, Pacific Islands Society, and Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre are pleased to announce that three major diplomatic missions have agreed to provide mentors for the 2013 – 2014 Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The participating Geneva-based missions include Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Guy Pollard joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1991. He has been at the forefront of UK arms control policy including the negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) since 2004 and was the author of the ATT process and the Final Conferences. In part for his work as part of the UK team that negotiated the Oslo Cluster Munitions Convention in 2008 and service as the UK expert to the UN Conventional Arms Register review process, Pollard was awarded the Royal Honour Member in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in December 2012 for services to humanitarian arms control and the Arms Trade Treaty.
Kristine L. Pelz, a career U.S. diplomat, has been the Senior Advisor/Executive Secretary to the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament since August 2011. She serves as principal point of contact for the Delegation on issues related to biological and conventional weapons, and also as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN First Committee (Disarmament) in New York each October. In addition to previous assignments as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and at the U.S. Mission to NATO, she has served in Afghanistan, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and the Seychelles.
Chihiro Mochizuki is the First Secretary at the Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament. Born in 1977 in Tokyo, he graduated from of the University of Tokyo with a law degree and shortly thereafter entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Posted in Geneva since 2011, Mochizuki is in charge of handling all matters related to the Conference on Disarmament and other nuclear disarmament issues.
Each of these mentors will provide the program’s young leaders with first-hand knowledge of WMD policymaking at the Conference on Disarmament. Their insider perspectives and expert experience will benefit the young leaders as they work to draft their own statement to the Conference on Disarmament for the start of the 2014 Session.