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jul
16

After Trinity: 75 years of resistance

16 July 2020 | Online

6 July 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, code-named “Trinity”. Decades of radioactive violence, contamination and land dispossession followed these events in 1945. Nuclear testing in dozens of locations around the world, including Australia, has left a deadly legacy for people and the environment. Despite this, people on the front-lines have survived and continue to resist these weapons of mass destruction. Some of them will feature in this webinar to tell their stories and call for action.

jul
16

CAAT Reading Group: Arms Trade 101 and intersecting issues series

16 July - 20 August 2020 | Online

This reading group series will delve deeper into some of the profound issues connected to the global arms trade over the course of 6 weeks with the help of some of the UK’s brightest critical thinkers.

Starting by setting the landscape with an overview of the arms trade by CAAT’s very own Andrew Smith, we will move through the weeks grappling with issues including the UK’s arming of Saudi Arabia and the devastating effects on Yemen; militarised policing, borders and migration, capitalism, colonialism as well as drawing connections between the current pandemic and the arms trade.

aug
10

2020 CCW Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems

10 - 14 August 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland

The first session of the 2020 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapons, mandated by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 10-14 August at the Palais des Nations. This session was originally scheduled to be the second GGE meeting in 2020. However, the first session, originally set to take place 22-26 June, had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19. Catch up on what happened at the 2019 Meeting of CCW High Contracting Parties.

aug
11

Remembering the atomic bombs: History, memory, and politics in Australia, Japan, and the Pacific

11 August 2020 | Online

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. In this webinar, three speakers will consider new findings about the Japanese experience and memory of the Atomic bombings, how Australia and Australians have been caught up in this atomic history, and the social and political legacies of the bomb in the Asia-Pacific region.

aug
17

ATT Sixth Conference of States Parties

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.

aug
25

BWC Meetings of Experts

25 August - 03 September 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland

The next Meetings of Experts of the Biological Weapons Convention is scheduled to take place from 25 August–3 September 2020, at the Palais du Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Catch up on what happened at the last Meeting of States Parties in December 2019. 

sep
21

2020 CCW Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems

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. 

sep
22

UN General Assembly high-level general debate, 75th session

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.

oct
05

UN General Assembly First Committee, 75th Session

05 October - 05 November 2020 | New York, USA

The UN General Assembly's First Committee on Disarmament and International Security is scheduled to take place from 5 October to 5 November 2020 at UN headquarters in New York. 

oct
17

2020 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

17 - 18 October 2020 | New York, United States

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International will co-host the next Humanitarian Disarmament Forum on 17-18 October 2020, focussing on diversity—particularly race—and how to be more intersectional in working to advance humanitarian disarmament.

nov
06

Capturing technology and rethinking arms control

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.

dec
08

BWC Meeting of States Parties

08 - 11 December 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland

The 2020 Meeting of States Parties of the Biological Weapons Convention will be held from 8–11 December in Geneva, Switzerland