Ban names new U.N. Acting Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Thursday that he appointed Michael Moller, current Acting Director-General of the U.N. Office at Geneva, as Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament.

On November 5, 2013, Moller was appointed Acting Director-General of the U.N. Office at Geneva. His new responsibilities as Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament will include aiding in the preparation of the provisional program for the Conference by preparing background information about issues to be discussed and negotiated at the Conference. He will also be responsible for gathering all information relevant to the conduct of negotiations and all other services as stated in the rules of conduct or established by the Conference.

The Conference on Disarmament will hold its first session on January 20. Its first public plenary will be held on January 21.

The Conference on Disarmament was formed in 1979 as the sole multilateral institution for the negotiation forum of disarmament for the global community. The topics of negotiation at the Conference on Disarmament include virtually all international concerns regarding arms control and disarmament issues. The Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva is also usually appointed as Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament.