International Peace Studies, UN Peace-Keeping, Guest Lecture
‘Disarmament and the UN’, By Daithi O’Ceallaigh
Director of Institute for International and European Affairs
Former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2009)
Thursday Dec 1, 10am-12pm,
IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Arts Building Trinity
Dr Daithi O’Ceallaigh is Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs and Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland. He is also former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2009), former Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2001-2007) and former Irish Ambassador to Finland and Estonia (1993-1998).
A graduate of University College, Dublin, Mr O Ceallaigh joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973, and took up posts in Moscow, London, Belfast, New York, Finland and Estonia, before serving as ambassador to London from 2001 to 2007.He later became ambassador to the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, and in 2008 headed an Irish team which negotiated the Convention to Prohibit Cluster Munitions, adopted in Dublin by 107 states. The convention bans all use and possession of the cluster munitions. In June 2010 the Institute’s Honorary Professor Dáithí O’Ceallaigh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Geneva School of Diplomacy for his role in the negotiation of the Convention to prohibit the use of Cluster Munitions.