2018 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum
The humanitarian disarmament movement, led by civil society working with (and pushing) states, has succeeded in establishing critical life-saving multilateral agreements including the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Such instruments recognize the human suffering caused by those weapons as a cornerstone reason for taking action. The 2018 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum will offer an opportunity to continue sharing lessons from the various stages of the campaigns behind these treaties, from initiating a diplomatic process, to adopting the treaty and securing signatures/ratifications, to promoting and monitoring implementation before and after entry into force. The Forum will also explore efforts to advance humanitarian disarmament such as through the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty, 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons, Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the effort to secure a political declaration to prevent the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in civilian areas, and the growing effort to ban fully autonomous weapons aka “killer robots.” There is also interest in considering how to apply pressure through financial and other channels; as well as how to reflect, elevate, and enable leadership by those impacted by armed violence.