Gareth Evans is Chancellor of the Australian National University and Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. From 2000 to 2009, he was President of the International Crisis Group. Previously, he spent 21 years in Australian politics, thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister in the positions of Attorney-General (1983-84), Minister for Resources and Energy (1984-87), Minister for Transport and Communications (1987-88) and Foreign Minister (1988-96), where he was associated, among other things, with the negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the establishment of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He has written or edited nine books (most recently The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, Brookings Institution Press, 2008) and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform. He was Co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001), and a member, inter alia, of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004), the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction (2006), and the Zedillo Commission on the Future of the IAEA (2008). Mr. Evans received in 1995 the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Improving World Order for his Foreign Policy article, “Cooperative Security and Intrastate Conflict.” He has received numerous other international awards.
His presentation is based on the recently released report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.