Global issues forum set in Kent

Joseph Baxer's Global Issues Forum will be held Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at Kent Memorial Library.

The topic will be "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Moving the Needle on Nuclear Security" with guest presenter Ben Sanders, former U.N. nuclear inspector in Iran.

"There is enough nuclear material in the world for a Hiroshima every day for 328 years," Baxer said. "There is enough nuclear material in the world for more than 120,000 bombs. This isn't science fiction."

"World leaders say nuclear terrorism is the greatest threat we face -- with good reason. Even if there is little chance of it, the explosion of one crude nuclear bomb in one major city would change the world forever," he related.

"Not only could it cause death on a mass scale, but it could also trigger global economic disruption, environmental degradation and wider conflict requiring a military response," Baxer said.

Sanders, who holds multiple degrees, served in the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, the Hague; the International Atomic Energy Agency, U.N. technical assistance administration in Khartoum and Belgrade, and as U.N. Secretariat for Disarmament Affairs.

He attended the first seven five-yearly Review Conferences of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), acting as secretary of Main Committee II (technical issues) in 1975; deputy secretary-general in 1980, secretary-general in 1985; NGO observer in 1990; adviser to the secretariat and the president of the Review and Extension Conference of 1995 and adviser to the Netherlands delegation to the 2000 and 2005 Review Conferences. He has acted as one of three U.N. experts preparing the secretary-general's 1990 report on measures to facilitate the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

In 1987, Sanders founded, and until its demise in April 2002 was the executive chairman of, the Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation, an international NGO based in New York and Southampton, United Kingdom, engaged in promoting the full implementation of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.

He lives in Cornwall with his wife.

For information and registration, call 860-927-3716 or visit