Registration for the 2019 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum
2019 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum
19-20 October 2019
Church Centre of the United Nations, New York City

Hosted by the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines

The humanitarian disarmament movement, led by civil society working with (and pushing) states, has succeeded in establishing critical life-saving multilateral agreements such as the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. These instruments recognize the human suffering caused by those weapons as a cornerstone reason for taking action. At the 2019 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, we plan 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. At the same time, we’ll explore other efforts to advance humanitarian disarmament, 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. In short, we have many tools by which we promote humanitarian disarmament. How and when might we best use them? We will explore this and other questions throughout the Forum, with a focus on strengthening relationships between organizations and best getting to know each other.
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