Nobuyasu Abe is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (2003-06) and former Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs (1997-99) of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Director of the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.
During his service in the Japanese Foreign Ministry, he was engaged in a number of multilateral diplomatic appointments including his services as sub-sherpa for the G7 Summits (1992-94), ambassador to the IAEA and other international organizations in Vienna (1999-2001), a member of the UN mission in New York (1987-90, 1996-97) and a junior negotiator in the GATT trade negotiations (1977-79). He served as a member of the Advisory Board to the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament from 2008 to 2010 and currently serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDR), the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Board of the World Institute for Nuclear Security.
Prof. Abe studied at Tokyo University (1964-67) and at Amherst College (1967-69, BA), later continuing his studies as an international fellow at the Harvard (Weatherhead) Center for International Affairs (1986-87). He is a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto and Akita International University, and also teaches at International Christian University in Tokyo, all of which are in Japan.