What’s on in Geneva this week? (6-10 April)
In the past few weeks we have certainly experienced interesting and unprecedented times as countries have taken stringent measures to address the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the midst of all this, France carried out a simulation of a nuclear strike on 30 March; and a US Department of Defense official recently reaffirmed that modernization of strategic nuclear forces was a top priority. Interesting times, indeed.
Meanwhile, Geneva enters its fourth week of the “stay-at-home” policy, here is a quick overview of what is no longer happening in disarmament this week.
The United Nations Disarmament Commission, which was supposed to meet in New York for its annual session from 6 to 24 April, was postponed to 2021. And the 2020 Space Security Conference, initially scheduled to take place on 7-8 April in Geneva, was postponed and will be held virtually on 8-9 June. The theme for this year’s Space Security Conference is “Are we in an arms race in outer space”. Watch this space for further information.
On a side note, and if you feel like thinking about something other than the new coronavirus: try this online escape-room using Google Docs and created by Anthony Smith; participate in the #disarmamentdrinkoff; listen to Bill Withers’s greatest songs; or get creative with this coloring sheet by cartoonist Gemma Correll.
Until next week, stay healthy!