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may
27

Protection of civilians week

27 May - 01 June 2020 | Global

The UN Security Council will hold the open high-level videoteleconference on the protection of civilians in armed conflict on 27 May. From 28 May to 1 June, there will be various online side events.

jun
03

Webinar: The new nuclear arms race and the NPT

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.

jun
05

Global wear orange against gun violence campaign

05 June 2020 | Global

The Wear Orange campaign began in the United States after 15-year old high school student Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death while chatting on a sidewalk with her friends after finishing her final  exams. Join the 2020 campaign.

jun
15

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.

jun
15

Informal virtual meeting of the UN OEWG on ICTs

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.

jun
22

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.

jul
06

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.

aug
10

2020 CCW Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems

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.

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.

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. 

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.