NEWSLETTER | March 2019
Photo credit: "The Tinsley and their au pair", Bob Carlos Clarke, 2004
Many many events are happening this month - and we are not (only) talking about the Six Nations Championship nor the Biathlon World Cup. So now would be the right time to make yourself a mug of your favorite drink, sit comfortably, and we will begin.

On Friday 1 March, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its entry into force. As part of the celebrations, Norway is hosting a morning discussion on achieving a mine-free world, while in the evening, Geneva's famous Jet d'Eau will be illuminated in blue (experience tells us that if you bring an umbrella with you, it won't rain...).

On Tuesday 5 March, the UN Library is hosting a lunchtime event on the history and evolution of Geneva-based disarmament processes. Also on that day, make sure not to miss our public lecture "P5 x 5: Nuclear Diplomacy and the Limits of Power" exploring the role of the five NPT nuclear-weapons states in the creation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and why - despite all their resources - they were not able to prevent it. This one-of-a-kind lecture will analyze five critical errors the P5 made, and will examine tools and techniques in disarmament processes and ways power can be applied - or not. This is a timely and relevant discussion in the present context of the decline of multilateral disarmament diplomacy, and will provide a moment of introspection on ways to reinvigorate disarmament activities. Following the lecture, Ambassador Aidan Liddle (Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom) and Gauhkar Mukhatzhanova (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies) will share their perspectives. The discussion will be moderated by Florence Foster (Quaker UN Office).

Not one, but three groups of governmental experts (GGE) are scheduled in March:
Meanwhile, the forty-year-old Conference on Disarmament will continue with business as usual. In late February, the United Kingdom proposed to create four subsidiary bodies (on nuclear disarmament, fissile material, the prevention of an arms race in outer space, and negative security assurances) as well as two coordinators in charge of examining respectively how emerging issues and new technologies could impact the work of the conference, and the working methods and membership of the conference. At the time of writing, the proposal was still under discussion. The first part of this year's session will run until 29 March.

And here is a quick look at what is happening elsewhere:

In Vienna, the IAEA board of governors and the CTBTO Working Group B in charge of verification issues will hold private meetings during the month. In The Hague, the forty-one members of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will meet from 12 to 15 March. In Annecy,  the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies will host its annual NPT Diplomatic Workshop from 15 to 16 March. And in Berlin, the conference "Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control" on 15 March will examine challenges posed by new technologies and potential ways to address these challenges.
P5 x 5: Nuclear Diplomacy and the Limits of Power
5 March | 5-7pm | Maison de la Paix, Auditorium A2

In 2017, the TPNW was negogiated and adopted, despite bitter opposition from the P5 nuclear-weapon states. With all the influence and resources at their disposal, why were the P5 apparently unable to secure a different outcome? What were the five critical errors they made in reponding to the challenge?
Join us for an intriguing examintation of power dynamics in nuclear diplomacy.

More information at:
Conference on Disarmament, Part I
21 January - 29 March
Palais des Nations | Geneva, Switzerland
Public - registration required
GGE on UN Register of Conventional Arms
11 - 15 March
Palais des Nations | Geneva, Switzerland
Private - invitation only
GGE on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space
18 - 29 March
Palais des Nations | Geneva, Switzerland
Private - invitation only
GGE on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
25 - 29 March
Palais des Nations | Geneva, Switzerland
Public - registration required
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