What’s on in Geneva this week? (4-8 November)
Days are shorter, leaves are turning yellow, and the air is crisper – fall is definitely upon us. In New York, the UNGA First Committee is entering the last week of this year’s session. After weeks of sometimes-tense discussions, states will take actions on the different draft resolutions (see Reaching Critical Will website for voting results and explanations of votes). The end of the First Committee season also means the return of disarmament diplomats in Geneva for what should be a busy month.
The Geneva Peace Week is running from 4 to 8 November and aims to create a space for concrete action in a rapidly changing world. The Geneva Peace Week will look at peacebuilding in Europe, the interrelationship between humanitarian work, human rights, and peace, and the definitions of truth and trust, among many topics. As part of the week, the Geneva Disarmament Platform and the Global Challenges Foundation are hosting a discussion on weapons governance to outline the proposals developed at the 2019 New Shape Forum and discuss options for taking them forward (registration is required for this event), on Wednesday 6 November (1.30-3pm). The full programme of the Geneva Peace Week is available here.