On February 18, 2014, Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), officially confirmed his entering into the Supervisory Council of the Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.
“I gladly join the Supervisory Council and look forward to starting our joint work aimed at making the world a safer place,” says the official letter signed by ElBaradei and addressed to the Luxembourg Forum president Viatcheslav Kantor.
Mohamed ElBaradei is a well-known Egyptian political leader and public activist, former head of IAEA, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, vice president of Egypt in July-August 2013. As IAEA Director General, ElBaradei attended the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in Luxembourg in May 2007, which was the first event organized by the Luxembourg Forum and passed a decision on its establishing.
Currently, Luxembourg Forum is one of major NGOs that brought together world’s leading experts in nuclear weapons non-proliferation, arms reduction and limitation.
The Forum’s priority tasks are to facilitate the process of arms reduction and limitation, counteract growing threats to the nuclear non-proliferation regime and erosion of the Non-proliferation Treaty framework, promote global peace and security through new approaches and propose practical solutions to political leaders to non-proliferation and arms control critical issues.
The principal guiding bodies of the Forum are the International Advisory Council and the Supervisory Council. The Supervisory Council is a team of prominent politicians, public figures and world-renowned scientists, including Hans Blix, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); William Perry, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense; Gareth Evans, Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia; Rolf Ekeus, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities; Sam Nunn, prominent U.S. politician and Co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Roald Sagdeev, academician, Director of the East-West Centre at the University of Maryland (USA); Nikolay Laverov, academician and vice president of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Igor Ivanov, Professor of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, former Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Secretary of the Russian Security Council; Mohamed ElBaradei, former IAEA Director General.
Members of the Supervisory Council advise on the activities of the Forum, a high-profile public entity aimed at strengthening international peace and security.
The Forum’s president is Dr. Viatcheslav Kantor. Over six years since its inception, Luxembourg Forum has held 17 conferences, workshops and working meetings in Moscow, Washington, D.C., Luxembourg, Rome, Vienna, Geneva, Stockholm and Warsaw.