What’s on in Geneva this week? (3-7 December)
The 10th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions marks the beginning of a busy week. On that occasion, PAX and the Cluster Munition Coalition are launching an update of the 2018 report Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions which provides the latest information on companies producing cluster munitions and financial institutions still investing in them. Among the main findings of the report are that investments in cluster munitions producers have decreased significantly while more and more financial institutions are explicitly excluding investments in cluster munitions producers.
Also on Monday, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosts the first Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the Biological Weapons Convention which aims to address rapidly emerging advancements in biology and biotechnology and their impact on bioweapons nonproliferation policy. This will be followed by the 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention. The meeting will open on 4 December and run until 7 December (the formal meetings on 6 December have been cancelled). Several side-events are scheduled during the week. To get regular updates and analysis, read CBW events daily reports.
On Tuesday, do not miss our last event of this year on Gender in Disarmament Diplomacy during which our panel of experts will look at what states have been saying in 2018 and what do national statements reveal about gender issues in multilateral disarmament.
On Thursday, this year’s edition of TEDx Place des Nations will focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality with no less than 11 inspiring speakers. Ray Acheson (from Reaching Critical Will) will speak about why disarmament is a feminist issue. The event will be livestreamed on the UN Geneva Facebook page and at www.tedxplacedesnationswomen.ch.
From 5-6 December, a regional meeting on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas will take place in Santiago, while the 17th UN-ROK Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues will be held in Jeju Island.