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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.

sep
29

Second round of informal meetings of the UN Open-ended working group on ICTs

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.

sep
30

Confronting Conflict Pollution: Principles for Assisting Victims of Toxic Remnants of War

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.

oct
01

Webinar: The JCPOA and the NPT

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!

Speakers include:  

  • 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.

oct
02

UNGA high-level event on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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

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
19

2020 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

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.

Register here!

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.

nov
17

Third round of informal meetings of the UN Open-ended working group on ICTs

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.

dec
01

2020 BWC Meeting of Experts

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.

dec
01

Fourth round of of informal meetings of the UN Open-ended working group on ICTs

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. 

dec
08

POSTPONED: BWC Meeting of States Parties

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.

mar
08

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.