What’s on in Geneva this week? (30 September-4 October)

  • 30 Sep 2019
  • by  Marion Loddo

The International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG) is the place to be this week. Co-organized by the Global Challenges Foundation and the Geneva Disarmament Platform (in partnership with Chatham House and the Observer Research Foundation), the 2019 New Shape Forum on Weapons Governance is taking place on Monday and Tuesday. The Forum will mark the launch of the concept of weapons governance, as a subset of global governance and a means of reinvigorating disarmament, arms control, international humanitarian law and related activities by removing arbitrary divisions, engaging a wider range of actors and developing new governance tools. If you’re not in Geneva, you can watch live the plenary discussions, lightning pitches on governance stories, and keynote address by Leymah R. Gbowee (2011 Nobel Peace Laureate). Click here to see the detailed agenda and list of invited experts.  And for live updates, make sure to follow us and @ChallengesFnd on Twitter (#WeaponsGovernance and #2019NSF). On Tuesday, QUNO, WILPF, the OHCHR and the Permanent Mission of Peru will host as side-event to explore how the human rights pillar is contributing to arms control.

And just as one conference is chasing another, in Vienna on 1 and 2 October, Austria is hosting the Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare. Participants will discuss the various forms of harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, the legal context and good examples of military practices.


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The 2019 New Shape Forum opens on Monday and will explore how risks posed by various kind of weapons might be managed by actors/tools other than the traditional approach