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18: Amandeep Gill on Nuclear Security Summits: A History #BookTalk

18: Amandeep Gill on Nuclear Security Summits: A History #BookTalk

January 24, 2020

Welcome to the second episode of 2020! In this recording for our Book Talk series, the Director at the Library, Francesco Pisano, speaks with Ambassador Amandeep Gill about his book published in 2019, called Nuclear Security Summits: A HistoryThis book looks at how nuclear security has developed over the period from 1945 to 2006, as well as how it has evolved in practice in more recent years through the Nuclear Security Summits between 2010 and 2016.  

Ambassador Gill has a range of experience in this field and in others, having taken part in 3 of the summits. For this conversation he shares what his book is about and why he thinks the Nuclear Security Summits changed the domain of nuclear security, through driving what he calls nuclear learnings and knowledge-making. He touches upon ideas around collective intelligence, and the role of leadership but also knowledge communities springing up around the topic, and how such negotiations can also be translated to other multilateral domains such as climate change or artificial intelligence negotiations. 

Ambassador Amandeep Gill is currently Director of the Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR). He was Executive Director and co-Lead of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation until August 2019. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. You can find out more about his experience here: 

You can find Amandeep Gill on Twitter @gioasempre:, and his book at Palgrave Macmillan:  

The UN Library Geneva also has 8 research guides on disarmament topics, including one on Nuclear Weapons. You can find out more about them here:  


Speakers: Amandeep Gill & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editors: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Graduate Institute Geneva.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

17: Jayathma Wickramanayake on leadership, youth & multilateralism

17: Jayathma Wickramanayake on leadership, youth & multilateralism

January 10, 2020

In this episode of our Conversations series, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, shares her insights on leadership and youth--particularly young women leaders--with the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano. It's a fascinating look in to her own experiences, as well as her aspirations and role models, as a leader engaged in advancing multilateralism with youth across the world. 

Jayathma Wickramanayake is Sri Lankan and was appointed as the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth in 2017, the second person to be appointed into this position. Before joining the UN, she played an active role in youth politics, development and  engagement in Sri Lanka. 

Follow Jayathma Wickramanayake on Twitter:, and  learn more about Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth here:

You can also find the Library's research guides on Women & Gender Equality, Women and Global Diplomacy and Multilateralism at our website:


Speakers: Jayathma Wickramanayake & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Camille Chambinaud.

Sound Editors: Camille Chambinaud & Natalie Alexander.

Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN/Mette Lybye Poulsen.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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