UN Authority Figures

Conference on Disarmament President: Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Hosseini Khamenei

Mission of the Conference on Disarmament:
The terms of reference of the Conference include practically all multilateral arms control and disarmament problems. Currently the CD primarily focuses its attention on the following issues: cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament; prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters...; effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons...

Links of the Conference on Disarmament to the United Nations:
  • The UN web page on the Conference on Disarmament
  • The Conference was established in 1979 as a result of the first Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly held in 1978.
  • The current Director-General of the UN in Geneva is the Secretary-General of the Conference as well as the Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Conference.
  • The Conference reports to the General Assembly.
  • The budget of the Conference is included in that of the United Nations.
  • The staff members of UN Department for Disarmament Affairs service the meetings of the Conference.
  • The meetings of the Conference are held at the United Nations building in Geneva, the Palais des Nations.

Term of office: May 27, 2013 - June 23, 2013

Iran's Record:
  • UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Report, May 22, 2013, Board of Governors, Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran: "between January and the beginning of September 2012, Agency and Iranian officials held six rounds of talks in Vienna and Tehran...However, no concrete results were achieved....[B]etween mid-December 2012 and mid-February 2013, Agency and Iranian officials held three further rounds of talks in Tehran...Agency and Iranian officials have held one further round of talks, in Vienna on 15 May 2013, aimed at concluding the structured approach document. No agreement was reached and the Agency has not been able to begin substantive work with Iran on resolving the outstanding issues..." The IAEA cannot "conduct effective verification."
  • IAEA Report, Board of Governors, November 8, 2011, IAEA Director General's November 2011 report: "The information indicates that Iran has carried out the following activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device: Efforts, some successful, to procure nuclear related and dual use equipment and materials by military related individuals and entities; Efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material; The acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network; Work on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear weapon including the testing of components. While some of the activities identified...have civilian as well as military applications, others are specific to nuclear weapons."
  • IAEA Report, Board of Governors, May 22, 2013: "the Director General's November 2011 report provided a detailed analysis of the information available to the Agency, indicating that Iran has carried out activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. This information is assessed by the Agency to be, overall, credible. Since November 2011, the Agency has obtained more information which further corroborates the analysis..."