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The UN can still play a major role in preventing conflicts even in a new global paradigm, says its disarmament chief, Izumi Nakamitsu. But she reckons the organisation also needs to change with the times.

“There is a need to give space to younger people who have more innovative and creative ideas rather than always being told that this has always been done this way,” says Izumi Nakamitsu.

IZUMI Nakamitsu comes across as an easy-going and motherly figure, belying her position and reputation as one of the United Nation's top administrators.

As UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, she is the highest ranking Japanese at the global body....

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