21 - 25 September 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The second session of the 2020 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapons, mandated by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 21-25 September at the Palais des Nations. This session was originally scheduled to take place in August 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
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.
29 September - 01 October 2020
Per the revised timetable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN's Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security will have closed informal meetings on 29-30 September and 1 October, in a virtual or hybrid format.
30 September 2020
The Conflict and Environment Observatory, Environmental Peacebuilding, and the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School are hosting a webinar on 30 September at 16:00-17:30 CEST / 10:00-11:30 EDT to launch the report Confronting Conflict Pollution: Principles for Assisting Victims of Toxic Remnants of War. Register at bit.ly/TRWPrinciples.
01 October 2020
The webinar “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)” will take place on Thursday, 1 October at 11:00 am EDT via Zoom. Register today!
- Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association;
- Ellie Gerenmyah, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program and Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations; and
- Emad Kiyaei, Director, Middle East Treaty Organization (METO)
This is the third of a series of webinars jointly hosted by WILPF and the Arms Control Association on "critical NPT issues". Future webinars will address steps to fulfill Article VI of the NPT, including the uncertain future of the U.S.-Russian New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
02 October 2020 | Online
The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons takes place annually on 26 September. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, the annual UN General Assembly high-level event to commemorate and promote the International Day will take place virtually on Friday, 2 October. Details on how to view the event will be shared as they become available
19 - 21 October 2020 | Online
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International will co-host the 2020 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum. This year's Forum will take place in three parts, with Part One occurring online from 19-21 October. Part Two will consist of an online learning process, and Part Three will be a face-to-face meeting occurring no later than October 2021.
The 2020 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum will focus on diversity—particularly race—and how to be more intersectional in working to advance humanitarian disarmament.
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.
17 - 19 November 2020
Per the revised timetable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN's Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security will have closed informal meetings on 17-19 November 2020 in a virtual or hybrid format.
01 - 10 December 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The Meeting of Experts of the Biological Weapons Convention is scheduled to take place from 1–10 December 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.
01 - 03 December 2020
Per the revised timetable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN's Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security will have closed informal meetings on 1-3 December 2020 in a virtual or hybrid format.
08 - 11 December 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 2020 Meeting of States Parties of the Biological Weapons Convention was scheduled to take place from 8–11 December in Geneva, Switzerland. Due to COVID-19, it is now scheduled to take place from 12-15 April 2021.
Third substantive session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICTs in the context of international security-RESCHEDULED
08 - 12 March 2021
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 was scheduled to take place in New York from 6-10 July 2020. It has been tentatively rescheduled for 8-12 March 2021.