What’s on in Geneva this week? (2-6 December)

  • 02 Dec 2019  
  • by  Marion Loddo

This week will be buys on both side of the Atlantic.  In Geneva, on Monday, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosts the Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which aims to address emerging and advancing capabilities in biology and biotechnology and their implications on the convention. This will be followed by the 2019 Meeting of States Parties to the BWC. The meeting will open on 3 December and run until 6 December. Several side-events are scheduled during the week. To get regular updates and analysis, read CBW events daily reports. You can also enjoy the debate live at UN Web TV.

On Tuesday, UNOG and SIPRI co-host a lunchtime event on how artificial intelligence could impact the field of nuclear weapons, strategic stability and nuclear risks. It will also look at what measures could be explored to prevent and mitigate such risks (more information).

In New York, the UN is hosting an intersessional consultative meeting of the OEWG on developments in the field of ICTs on 2-4 December. Here are some of the questions to be addressed during the meeting: what are the norms of responsible behaviour that should be promoted in cyberspace? How does international law apply to the use of digital technologies? And how should we cooperate to build a more resilient cyberspace? Discussions will be live-streamed. It will be followed on 5-6 December by informal consultations of the GGE on cyberspace.

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The GDP, METO Project and Irish Permanent Mission are hosting a morning discussion on the biological weapons aspects of a WMDFZ in the Middle East (on Thursday, 9-10am, Palais des Nations, room XXIV)