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Angela Kane

Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow at NTI and Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Angela Kane held the post of UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs until 2015. She provided the strategy, vision, and thought leadership for the UN on its multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation agenda. She was responsible for the investigation of allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria in 2013. She is also the former Under-Secretary-General for Management in the United Nations.

She held senior positions at the United Nations in political affairs and peacekeeping, and served as Under-Secretary-General for Management for four years. Her field experience includes Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), a special assignment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and postings in Indonesia and Thailand.

As of 2016, Kane teaches at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs on disarmament issues, and is a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. In April 2016, she was appointed to the governing council of the United Nations University. She is currently the Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow at NTI, supporting NTI’s work on global threat reduction.

Content by Angela Kane


Ok, Doomer! The NEVER podcast – Biological threats: Going viral

Listen to the fourth episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore biological existential and global catastrophic risks. Featuring an introduction to the topic and an exploration of some of the technological mitigation techniques we have available for biological risks, a panel discussion exploring the current state of the international governance of biological risks, and we will also delve into whether humanity’s recent brush with COVID-19 has better or worse prepared us for future pandemics, be they man-made or natural.


Closing the gap: Establishing a new UN mechanism for discerning the source of pandemics of unknown origins

The current conflict in Ukraine has caused growing concerns about the potential use of unconventional weapons. Dr Angela Kane, Dr Jaime M. Yassif, and Christopher Colletta from NTI highlight the urgency of establishing a “Joint Assessment Mechanism” within the UN system to investigate cases where there is ambiguity about the source of a biological event.