IPE AWARDS – Hans Blix, formerly the UN's most senior weapons inspector in the lead-up to the Iraq War, is to be the keynote speaker at the 13th IPE Awards seminar in the Netherlands this November.
The highly respected professor of international law and former Swedish foreign minister will discuss recent global security issues and their impact on global financial markets during his keynote in Noordwijk on 21 November.
Blix joined the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1963 and became minister for foreign affairs in 1978.
In 1981, after spending two decades as part of Sweden's delegation to the UN General Assembly, he was named director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a position he held until 1997.
It was following his 16 years at the IAEA, upon being named executive chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) by UN secretary general Kofi Annan in 2000, that Blix became a household name due to his status as the UN's chief weapons inspector.
His team repeatedly tried to determine over the following three years whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.
Since stepping aside as head of UNMOVIC in June 2003 in the wake of the Iraq War, Blix spent five years as chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission.
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