Speaking to some 700 University of Washington students last week, Dr Hans Blix bluntly warned that the world is “sleepwalking into new armed races”.
The 2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient said the reasons for war between the superpowers in the past – ideological, religious and territorial borders – are no longer valid reasons for open warfare and arms build up.
He pointed to areas in the Nordic territories and Europe as examples where warfare is no longer a solution to conflict.
Click here to listen to Radio NZ interview with 2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hans Blix.
2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hans Blix delivered a keynote address to the Second Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law at Victoria University Wellington last Thursday.
Click here to listen to his address.
Click here to listen to an ABC Melbourne interview with 2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hans Blix, together with former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans who now heads the International Crisis Group.
Blix was in Melbourne to attend the United Nations Association of Australia National Conference.
2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hans Blix said it is possible to have nuclear power without weapons. The to are not inextricably linked, he said at the United Nations Association of Australia 2007 National Conference in Melbourne.
“It’s a question about the (political) will, and therefore the decisive thing is to create such a world where countries don’t feel the need for nuclear weapons,” Blix said.
“One of the most important ways to curb weapons’ proliferation is working to avoid states feeling a need to obtain nuclear weapons…I hope the window of opportunity is not yet shut. There may still be time to wake up and turn back to co-operative solutions to contemporary security challenge.”
Read an edited extract of Blix’s speech here.
Blix will be in Sydney to receive the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize in November. Former Australian Prime Minister The Honourable Paul Keating will present the Prize to Blix at an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Great Hall, University of Sydney. See here for details.
For enquiries and bookings for the Gala Dinner, please contact the Sydney Peace Foundation.
2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hans Blix has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Cambridge University. Blix graudated from Trinity College with a Phd in 1952.