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Alexander Kmentt

Former Permanent Representative of Austria to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union

Alexander Kmentt is an Austrian career diplomat. In August 2019 he began a two-year sabbatical as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London.

In 2016, Ambassador Kmentt was appointed Austrian Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, responsible for developing the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Alexander Kmentt has worked extensively on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, notably as Ambassador and Director of the Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization.

Alexander Kmentt is one of the architects of the initiative on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). He was responsible for the organisation of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December 2014, for which he developed the Austrian Pledge – later re-named Humanitarian Pledge – subsequently receiving the formal support of 135 States and which was an important catalyst for the TPNW. In 2015, Ambassador Kmentt was elected “Arms Control Person of the Year” by the US-based Arms Control Association.

During his Research Fellowship at King’s College London, Alexander Kmentt will, amongst other disarmament related activities, publish an authoritative account of the humanitarian initiative and the process leading to the TPNW.

Ambassador Kmentt holds an Austrian Law Degree and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

 

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Commentary

Bridge building to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Whilst unbridgeable differences regarding the Ban Treaty exist, the urgent need to prevent the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and risks this weaponry entails must be of shared concern, argues Ambassador Alexander Kmentt

11 April 2019 | Alexander Kmentt
Global Security