The Modern-Day Nuclear Threat and How to Respond


During this conference, we will consider the challenges and threat of nuclear weapons from a broad perspective while also discussing solutions. Russia's invasion of Ukraine makes the topic of this conference, unfortunately, even more relevant than ever.

Time: 8 Jun 2022 13:00 - 17:00
Place: Nobel Peace Center

The digital stream will be available from 17:00-19:00 CET. 
Part one will be shown recorded, while part three will be live. Part two is only for guests participating on site.
The recording will also be available after the event.

The doors open at 14:45 CET.
The digital stream will be available from 17:00-19:00 CET.

You will be able to learn from representatives from three organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside international figures in the field. Beatrice Fihn (ICAN), Dr. Tamara Patton (MIT), Dr. Kjølv Egeland (Sciences Po, CERI) and many more.

The program will also give you the opportunity to experience an award-winning VR film and participate in discussions with experts in the field. The conference concludes by marking the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. NORSAR will explain how Norway monitors compliance with this important agreement, and invite all guests to a reception after the conference.


Conference Framework

The conference is curated around the international nuclear disarmament movement, which raises awareness of the social and humanitarian consequences of the threat of nuclear weapons. The program is inspired by On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World), a groundbreaking virtual reality documentary. The experience combines innovative technology and emotional storytelling, and provides a unique insight into the way the existence of nuclear weapons poses an imminent risk to people everywhere, regardless of whether or not they are used. The documentary will be available for public museum screenings in June this year at the Nobel Peace Center.

15:00 CET: Part One – Plenum

Welcome by Kjersti Fløgstad

The Nuclear Threat from a Mayor’s Point of View
Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo

Banning the Bomb: More Important than Ever
Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director ICAN, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nuclear Strategies and Collective Storytelling
Dr.Kjølv Egeland, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sciences Po CERI

25 years for the CTBT: Accomplishments and Challenges
Anne Lycke, Executive Director NORSAR

Virtual Reality as a tool for communicating with the public and influencing decision makers
Sharon Weiner, Senior Resident Fellow, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Envisioning and Ending Nuclear Violence
Dr.Tamara Lilinoe Patton, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, MIT

16:15 CET: Part Two – Breakout sessions in rotation and social mingling

On the Morning You Wake
Individual screenings of the VR experience

Listening to the earth to detect nuclear explosions:
Demonstration by Ben Dando – Head of Department Test Ban Treaty Verification, NORSAR

The nuclear threat: awakening to action:
Interactive discussion with Cynthia Lazaroff, Founder of Nuckear Wake Up Call

18:00 CET: Part Three – Plenum

Roundtable with Nobel Peace Laureates: The Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons

  • Dr. Cordula Droege, Head of the Legal Division at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Nobel Peace Prize for 1917, 1944 and 1963
  • Dr. Carlos Umaña, Co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Nobel Peace Prize for 1985
  • Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director ICAN, Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

Moderator: Tamara Lilinoe Patton, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, MIT

Norway’s Perspectives on Disarmament
Eivind Vad Petersson, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Closing Remarks
Jørgen Watne Frydnes, Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Thank you
Kjersti Fløgstad/Nobel Peace Center, Tuva Krogh Widskjold/ICAN Norway, Anne Lycke/NORSAR, Susanna Pollack/Games for Change

19:00 CET

Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
All guests and special invitees are welcomed by NORSAR