As the First Committee of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly entered its first week, the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, organized a side event on emerging technologies and their effects on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The Deputy Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, Mr. Barlybay Sadykov, moderated the panel while Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, delivered opening remarks. They both highlighted the dual-use nature of technological innovations, noting that civilian technologies often carry military implications. The fast pace of development and the weaponization of certain technologies, Ms. Nakamitsu stressed, requires the reinforcement of existing disarmament structures and the creation of new ones for preserving international peace and stability. Each of the panellists below spoke at the side event in their personal capacities.
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