Alumna Addresses the United Nations

New York, New York
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) alumna recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly in commemoration of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

Mareena Robinson Snowden, a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), represented the United States in a speech on Sept. 7.

Eight more countries – out of 44 – must ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) before it can take effect. Robinson Snowden, a fellow from 2012-2016, urged the remaining countries to act. She also pressed all states with nuclear weapons to temporarily suspend arms testing.

Robinson Snowden was the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed her practicum at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Watch Mareena Robinson Snowden’s five-minute UN address beginning at 2:29:00 here.