What’s on in Geneva this week? (18-22 November)

  • 18 Nov 2019  
  • by  Richard Lennane

This week is one of the few chances Geneva disarmament diplomats have to catch their collective breath, squeezed among the busy series of disarmament treaty meetings between the end of the First Committee and the end of the year. But even this quiet week gets off to a lively start, with Ireland hosting at UNOG on Monday the first informal consultation on a political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).

Last week saw the somewhat chaotic conclusion of the CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties, with the meeting running over time and having to finish without meeting services, due to the austerity measures currently in place at UNOG. It is still a little unclear exactly what was agreed, as the report has not yet been issued. You can read Reaching Critical Will’s account, and check the UNODA CCW page for the report when it is issued.

We are pleased to release the official summary report of the 2019 New Shape Forum: Weapons Governance. You can also watch this brief highlights video. We are looking forward to working with the Global Challenges Foundation and other partners to develop and take forward the ideas shared at the forum. If you would like to be part of this consultative process, please email sofia@globalchallenges.org.

Meanwhile in New York, the controversial UN Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction will be held at UN Headquarters from 18-22 November. You can watch live on UN Web TV, or get statements and documents from the Papersmart page.

In Vienna, the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors will meet on 18-20 November, and the Board of Governors itself on 21-22 November.

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Ireland hosts informal consultations on an EWIPA political declaration, 18 November 2019 (photo: Laura Boillot)