|Updated: 13-Mar-2003||February 2003|
The threat of weapons of mass destruction
The threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the relevance for NATO-Ukraine cooperation was the theme of a roundtable organised in Kyiv on 26 February.
This event aimed as much to discuss the issue of WMD as to inform the public on the importance of NATO-Ukraine cooperation in this field. There were two sessions: one focused on WMD as part of today's security agenda and the other on the current state and prospects for NATO-Ukraine cooperation in this field. Participants stressed the need for NATO and Ukraine to improve the exchange of information, consultation and collective reflection, and cooperation in this area.
A variety of representatives from non-governmental and public organisations, embassies and research centres, attended the event, as well as members of parliament, experts and journalists, who gave the roundtable media coverage. It allowed an exchange of views between Ukrainian experts, think-tank members, NATO and NATO country experts, while raising public awareness on the issue.
The seminar was organised by the “Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies (UCEPS) named after Olexander Razumkov” (also known as the “Razumkov Centre”), together with the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv. The Razumkov Centre is an NGO which carries out studies in areas such as domestic and foreign policy, national security and defence, military reform as well as social and economic development.