What’s on in Geneva this week? (10-14 December)
It is a relatively quiet week for disarmament in Geneva, with many recovering from the past three weeks of non-stop meeting at the Palais des Nations.
The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is taking place this Monday in Oslo. This year’s prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
The annual Wilton Park Nuclear Non-Proliferation conference is running from 10 to 14 December in the United Kingdom. While, on the other side of the world, in Fiji, a regional workshop on the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty will take place from 13 to 14 December.
In other news, the list of nominees for this year’s Arms Control Person(s) of the year was revealed this weekend, and includes the five co-chairs of the International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group. The impact group aims at expanding knowledge about the importance of gender issues and practical actions for bringing gendered perspectives into disarmament discussions. Make sure to vote online by 7 January 2019.
In the same vein, last week, the Geneva Disarmament Platform organized an event on Gender in Disarmament Diplomacy during which this year’s disarmament statements were rated on a scale from -10 to 10, with -10 being an example of extreme patriarchy and 10 being a good attempt to highlight the importance of gender equality in disarmament. The video of the discussion is available here.
Lastly, the GDP will be closed for annual holidays from 19 December to 6 January. We will be back for more disarmament fun on Monday 7 January!