03 June 2020
The webinar “The new nuclear arms race and the NPT” will take place on Wednesday 3 June at 10:00 am EDT via Zoom.
This is the first of a series of webinars jointly hosted by Reaching Critical Will and the Arms Control Association. Other webinars in the series will address steps to fulfill article VI of the NPT; how the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) complements the NPT; the NPT and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); and the future of New START and multilateral disarmament.
Seventh Biennial Meeting of States on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons—POSTPONED
15 - 19 June 2020 | New York, USA
The Seventh Biennial Meeting of States (BMS7) on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons was scheduled to take place in New York from 15-19 June 2020. It has been postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
15 - 19 June 2020 | Online
The UN's Open-ended working group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security will hold three virtual sessions in lieu of the in-person informal sessions that had been scheduled for March and May 2020. These will take place from 7:00-10:00 EDT on 15, 17, and 19 June. Read more about the meetings here. The draft programme of work can be found here.
2020 CCW Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems—CANCELLED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED
22 - 26 June 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 2020 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapons, mandated by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), was scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 June at the Palais des Nations for its first round of meetings. It has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but options to reschedule are being explored. Catch up on what happened at the 2019 Meeting of CCW High Contracting Parties.
Third substantive session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICTs in the context of international security
06 - 09 July 2020
The third, and final, substantive session of the OEWG on Developments in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the Context of International Security will take place in New York from 6-10 July 2020.
10 - 14 August 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 2020 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapons, mandated by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), will meet in Geneva, Switzerland from 10-14 August at the Palais des Nations for its second round of meetings.
17 - 21 August 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The sixth Conference of States Parties (CSP6) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 17-21 August 2020. Click here for our coverage of past ATT meetings, or here for WILPF resources on challenging the arms trade, including through a gender perspective.
22 - 30 September 2020 | New York, USA
The UN General Assembly will hold its 75th high-level general debate from 22 September to 30 September 2020.
06 November 2020 | Berlin, Germany
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will host a conference on “Capturing technology and rethinking arms control” on 6 November in Berlin, Germany. The conference will focus on new technologies and their implications for global security and arms control.