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Ambassador Nabeela Al Mulla, distinguished Lecturer at AUK, joins the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

16th Jan 2022 | by the Department of PR & Marketing

By invitation and appointment of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, Ambassador Nabeela Al Mulla will serve as member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) for two years starting in 2022. 

The fifteen Board members serve in their personal capacity and do not represent their respective governments.

The historical gender composition of the membership has been predominantly male, but continuous efforts are made to promote gender balance amongst its fifteen members. Ambassador Al Mulla joins seven other women Board members to continue her trailblazing legacy of breaking glass ceiling for women from the Middle East, such as when she became the first Kuwait woman ambassador, the first woman from the Middle East to serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA, and the first Arab woman to head a Permanent mission to the UN in NY.

In addition to her diplomatic experience, she is a distinguished lecturer at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) and chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Kuwait College of Science & Technology (KCST).

The ABDM was established in 1978 pursuant to a decision of the Special Session of the General Assembly on Disarmament. Its main functions include advising the Secretary-General on matters within the area of arms limitation and disarmament, including on studies and research under the auspices of the United Nations or institutions within the United Nations system as well as on the implementation of the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.

In its role as Board of Trustees of UNIDIR, the ABDM reviews reports of the work of the Institute, including completed and ongoing projects, personnel and financial matters, and future plans.
As the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament, “Securing Our Common Future”, enters its fourth year, the role of the ABDM is an ever more crucial body in supporting efforts to ensure that implementation of this agenda, which plays a key role in safeguarding humanity and saving lives.

H.E. Ms. Nabeela Al-Mulla, former Ambassador of the State of Kuwait and distinguished lecturer at AUK

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