Biography Newsroom Writing & Statements
"Changing the United Nations"
Address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House, London
17 July 2006
"WMD and Terrorism: "Can the UN Help to Keep the Genie in the Bottle?"
in Paul Heinbecker and Patricia Goff (eds), Irrelevant or Indispensable? The United Nations in the 21st Century (Waterloo, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005), Chapter 8, p. 79-88
"The UN and its Future in the 21st Century"
Foreword in Vijay Mehta (ed) The UN and its Future in the 21st Century, Nottingham, England, Spokesman Books, 2005 (ISBN 085124707 5)
"Asian Perspectives on Collective Security"
Asia High-Level Symposium on Threats, Challenges and Change, Hangzhou, China, 2 April 2004.
"The Operation, Coordination and Reform of the UN"
Asia High Level Symposium on Threats, Challenges, and Change, Hangzhou, China, 2-4, April 2004.
The UN’s Millennium Assembly, Remarks before the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 August 1999.
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Non-Proliferation and Disarmament by Jayantha Dhanapala
Geneva, 4th February 2016
Address of Chief Guest Jayantha Dhanapala at the Sri Lanka Economic Association Annual Session
25th October 2013
Hard power and soft power
The Island - 12th February 2011
Nuclear Weapons and their Challenge to Asian Security
The Sentosa Roundtable on Asian Security, Singapore.
12-13 December 2006.
The Future of Multilateralism
Lecture at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
7th June 2006
"Statement made at the Sixth Nobel Laureates Summit Meeting"
Rome, November, 24-26, 2005
Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture
Halifax and Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada 17-21 July 2003
The United Nations Millennium Declaration and South Asia
The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 07 February 2001
"Disarmament and Security: A New Latin American and Caribbean Agenda for the Next Millennium. The Role of the United Nations in Disarmament and the Search for Peace"
United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, Lima, Peru, 1 December 1999
"Arms Flow to Africa"
Subgroup V of the Security Council Ad Hoc Working Group on Africa, UN Headquarters, New York, 12 August 1998.
"Sino – US Relations into the Twenty First century – Cold War or Cohabitation?"
William Goppallawa Birth Centenary Lecture, 17 September 1997
"Multilateralism and the UN"
Address at the International Symposium on Third World Development, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 15-16 1996.
"South Asia in the Post-Cold War Era"
South Asia Seminar Series, University of Virginia, 15 September 1995
A closer integration with global growth
Analysis News,
Oman Daily Observer
25 May,2006
Asia, The Role of The United Nations and Economic Globalization
"New Opportunities for Asia: Driving Growth to the Next Level"
Annual Conference 2006 of the BOAO Forum for Asia
22-23 APRIL, 2006
"Peace and Development in Sri Lanka"
Sujatha Jayawardena Memorial Address, the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14 July 2005.
( SGs_speech14July2005.asp)
"Peace is Good Business"
address to the Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1 August, 2005
( WebRel/Augast/WebRel010805.asp)
"A Peace Dividend for Developing Countries Would Pay Off"
with Nitin Desai, International Herald Tribune, 22 December 2000, page 8.
"Disarmament and Development: Opening Statement"
in United Nations 1999 Symposium on Disarmament and Development, New York: Economists Allied for Arms Reduction, 20 July 1999, pp. 1-5. (
"Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development"
Lalith Athulathmudali Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 27 November 1998
"Disarm for a Climate of Peace"
Address at the IPB World Congre
Berlin, Germany
03 October 2016
Who Is Afraid of Consensus? - The NPT review process by Jayantha Dhanapala
August 2016
The security impacts of lethal autonomous weapons systems Presentation by Jayantha Dhanapala
Convention on Conventional Weapons Third informal meeting of experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems.
Geneva. April 14, 2016
Ioujima, Nagasaki, Japan. November 04, 2015.
Address at IPS Awards Ceremony
UN Headquarters, New York. November 17, 2014.
Developing a Comprehensive Approach to a NEA-NWFZ Workshop III - Statement Made by Jayantha Dhanapala
Tokyo on 14th September 2014
Seminar on Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones: Crucial Steps towards a Nuclear-Free World
By Jayantha Dhanapala
Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
Amercian Academy of Arts & Sciences - 2012
Presidential Address at the 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs
4th July 2011
Evaluating the 2010 NPT Review Conference
United States Institute of Peace (USIP) - Special Report - October 2010
Planning for the 2010 NPT Review Conference: A Practitioners Overview
Pugwash Issue Brief, Volume 6, Number 1, March 2010
The Middle East and the Quest for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
Keynote Address at the 4th London Conference on a Middle East Weapons of Mass Descruction Free Zone
5th October 2009
Disarmament and Arms Proliferation
Article by Jayantha Dhanapala in the book "A Global Agenda - Issues before the United Nations 2009-2010" published by the United Nations Association of the USA
ISBN-10: 0615297196 Paperback, 260pp
Arctic Security in the 21st Century - Conference Report
Co-convened by The Simons Foundation and School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University under the auspices of the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University.
April 11-12th, 2008
Nuclear Weapons and their Challenge to Asian Security
The Sentosa Roundtable on Asian Security, Singapore.
12-13 December 2006.
A Time for Action - The Report of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission By Jayantha Dhanapala
7th World Summit of Peace Laureates - "Atoms for Peace or for War"
ROME, 17 November 2006
Security Sector Reform in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Towards an EU-UN Partnership?
Keynote Address, DCAF-EPC-KBF Workshop
Polak Room, Résidence Palace, Brussels, 28 June 2006
The Resurrection of Multilateral Disarmament
Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture
The Role of Technology and Politics
53rd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs Advancing Human Security
Nova Scotia, Canada . 21 July 2003
“Making Peace Last: Disarmament as an Essential Element”
NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security Workshop, DPI/NGO Conference, United Nations, New York, 10 September 2002
“Let’s Get Together Against Terrorism”

with Ramesh Thakur, International Herald Tribune, June 4, 2002, UNU Update, The Newsletter of the United National University, Issue 18, July – August 2002

"The Canberra Commission: Lessons Learned for a Future Commission"
The Ideas-Institutional Nexus, A Conference Co-Hosted by the University of  Waterloo and United Nations University, Waterloo (Ontario), Canada, 18 May 2002.
"Remarks upon accepting the Alan Cranston Peace Award"
Hosted by the Global Security Institute, United Nations, New York, 16 April 2002
“Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and the Rule of Law”
Address Commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, New York, New York, 27th November 2001
( dhanapalalcnpspeech.htm)
“A Disarming Proposition: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Disarmament”
Harvard International Review, Summer 2001, Vol. 23 No. 2, p. 48-52
“A Future Arms Control and Disarmament Agenda”
1999  Olof Palme Memorial Lecture, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm,  Sweden, 30 September 1999
“Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament”
Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial  Lecture, Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia, Faculty of Law, 19 February 1999.
This lecture was later published in Timothy L.H.  McCormack, Michael Tilbury and Gillian D Triggs (eds), A Century of War and Peace: Asia-Pacific Perspectives on the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference (The Hague:Kluwer Law International, 2001), pp. 201-212
Statement to the Open Debate of the Security Council on the Question of Small Arms
United Nations, New York, 11 October 2002
“The Role of Civil Society in the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms”
African Conference on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms: Needs and Partnerships–Pretoria, South Africa, 20 March 2002
“Coordinating Regional Initiatives of the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms”
African Conference on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms: Needs and Partnerships–Pretoria, South Africa, 18 March 2002
Statement to the Washington Convocation of the Eminent Persons Group
Washington, 2–4 May 2000
“Let's Go Out Into the World and Gather Up the Small Arms”
With Mark Malloch Brown, International Herald Tribune, January 26, 2000, Pg. 8
( 0126alba.htm)
The Nineteenth Amendment: Centrepiece of Good Governance
Groundviews - 18th June 2015
“Mainstreaming Human Rights, Responsibilities and Duties”
Second Max Perutz Memorial Human Rights Lecture
Eighth Biennial Meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies
Colombo, 5 April 2007
“International Law, Security, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”
Showcase Program, 2002 Spring Meeting of the Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association, New York,9 May 2002 dhanapalasabaspeech.htm
“Globalization and the Nation State, A Cartography of Governance: Exploring the Role of Environmental NGOs”
University of Colorado Law School at Boulder, Colorado,  07 April 2001
Later published in the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy, Volume 13, Number 1 (2002).
“Constitutional Promises and Electoral Politics: Do they make a difference for the poor?”
An International Symposium on Third World Development, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 16, 1996
"Making Disarmament More Effective: Men and Women Working Together"
Introduction of DDA's Gender Action Plan: Keynote Address, Panel Discussion, UN Headquarters, New York, 15 April 2003
"Gender and Disarmament"
Keynote Address at the Fourth Annual Women Waging Peace Policy Day – John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 8 November 2002
"Statement made on the First Anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325"
at the UN Inter-Agency Panel on Women, Peace and Security, UN, 31 October, 2001
( st_dhanapala.htm)
"Remarks upon launching the publication Gender Perspectives on Disarmament"
sponsored by the UN Dept for Disarmament Affairs and the office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues, New York, March 14, 2001
( 14mar2001.htm)
The National Contribution of The University of Peradeniya
Address by Jayantha Dhanapala at University of Peradeniya.
09th October 2014
Address at the Convocation of External Graduands of the University of Peradeniya
27th June 2013
“Education for a Sustainable Culture of Peace”
J.E. Jayasuriya Memorial Lecture, 16 February, 2005
Address at the Sixth Convocation of Sabaragamuwa University
Sri Lanka, 5th November 2003
"Statement made at Launch on UN study on Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Education"
United Nations, New York, 9 October 2002 statements.htm
"Help Schools to Promote a Safer World"
by Jayantha Dhanapala and William C.  Potter, International Herald Tribune, 3 October 2002
Address at Convocation Ceremony of University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka, 21 December 2000.
“The Agenda: Ecology, Poverty Reduction, Disarming”
International Herald Tribune, 23 May 2001, p. 8. Article based on Address at Commencement Day Monterey Institute for International Studies, USA, 12 May 2001
“The Environmental Impacts of Manufacturing, Storing, Deploying, and Retiring Weapons”
Symposium on Arms and the Environment: Preventing the Perils of Disarmament, National Energy-Environment Law and Energy Policy Institute, The University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 9 December 1999.   Reprinted in Lakshman D Guruswamy and Suzette R. Grillot, Arms Control and the Environment (Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, Inc, 2001), Chapter 2, p. 21-40
Speech at Gratiaen Awards - 2013
4th May 2013
Three Questions in Search of Answers
Remarks by Jayantha Dhanapala at the launch of the book "Jaffna and Colombo A century of relationships in three plays" E.F.C.Ludowyk's 'He Comes From Jaffna'; Ernest Macintyre's 'Rasanayagam's Last Riot' and 'He Still Comes From Jaffna' (Vijitha Yapa Publications)
“The Diplomat as a Creative Writer: Pablo Neruda”
E.F.C. Ludowyk Memorial Lecture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 25 November 1997
Gamani Corea Memorial Oration
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10 November 2016
"Mohamed Sahabdeen Awards Lecture"
Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 June 2005
Civic Responsibilities in Governance
Speech given at Transparency International on National Integrity Awards day - 9th December 2011
The Need to Energize Civil Society
Speech given at the Citizen’s Movement for Good Governance - 9th February 2011
Address made at the Seventeenth Annual Session of the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka
November 2004
Address made on the 75th Anniversary of the Employers Federation
21 October 2004
Global Security and Civil Society,
Statement before the Threshold Foundation - New York, 7 November 2002
“Sustaining People-Centered Disarmament”
United National Chronicle, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1 2001, Department of Public Information
( 0101p16.htm)
The United Nations and Civil Society
Rotary International, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 22 January 2000
Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
Miller, Steven E., Wael Al-Assad, Jayantha Dhanapala, C. Raja Mohan, and Ta Minh Tuan. "Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime." Paper, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, April 2012./span>
Planning for the 2010 NPT Review Conference: A Practitioners Overview
Pugwash Issue Brief, Volume 6, Number 1, March 2010
The Foreign Policy of Sirimavo Bandaranaike by Jayantha Dhanapla in "Sirimavo - Honouring The World's First Woman Prime Minister"
Edited By Tissa Jayatilaka, 2010
Multilateral Diplomacy and the NPT: An Insiders’ Account
Jayantha Dhanapala with R. Rydell, Geneva: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, 2005

Regional Approaches to Disarmament, Security and Stability

Jayantha Dhanapala (ed.), Geneva: UNIDIR, 1993, published for UNIDIR by Dartmouth (Aldershot)

The United Nations, Disarmament and Security: Evolution and Prospects

Jayantha Dhanapala (ed.), Geneva: UNIDIR, 1991

China and the Third World

Jayantha Dhanapala, New Delhi: Vikas, 1985
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