NOTE: This list focuses mainly on Geneva-based entities and is not exhaustive.

Main Bodies



General Assembly First Committee

Deals with disarmament and international security.

New York

Conference on Disarmament (CD)

Set up in current form by the General Assembly via SSOD I [JCP2]1

Deals with (mainly) nuclear disarmament including fissile materials; PAROS;2 NSAs;3 new types of WMD including radiological weapons; comprehensive programme of disarmament; and transparency in armaments.

SSOD I [JCP3] styled the CD as “a single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of limited size taking decisions on the basis of consensus”.



Disarmament Commission Set up in current form by the General Assembly via SSOD I [JCP5]

Deals with 2 items per year: nuclear disarmament and one item drawn from a range of issue

New York





Treaty Bodies


Meetings of States Parties (MSPs), Conferences of States Parties (CSPs), etc.

Biological (BWC) Next MSP: The 2020 Meeting of States Parties has been postponed until 22 to 25 November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic



Chemical: (CWC) 26th CSP: 29 Nov–3 December 2021

The Hague

Nuclear: (NPT)





10th Review Conference of NPT States Parties: dates tbc NB: in the next 5-yearly review cycle of the NPT, States Parties are likely to hold Preparatory Committee meetings in Vienna, Geneva and New York.

Not yet in force

1MSP: 12-14 January 2022

New York






[1] First special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament, 1978.

[2] Prevention of an arms race in outer space.

[3] Effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.





Inhumane Weapons Convention: (CCW & Protocols) Sixth Review Conference: 13 Dec – 17 Dec 2021
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) Next Meeting of States Parties (MSP19):
29 Nov – 3 Dec 2021

Noordwijk, Netherlands

Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Next CSP (CSP7):
30 Aug – 03 Sep 2021
Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) Second part of Second Review Conference (2RC) has been postponed until the health situation allows for the holding of the meeting in hybrid format.
Other issues of relevance to Geneva-based diplomats Details of relevant processes, e.g. Groups of Government Experts (GGEs), Open-ended Working Groups (OEWGs), etc.
Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace 24 – 28 May 2021
ICT OEWG on ‘Developments in the field of Information and Telecommunications in the context of International Security’, 6–10 July 2020 New York
Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) GGE on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (GGE LAWS) of the CCW Parties, 10–14 August 2020 and 21–25 September 2020 Geneva
Ammunition GGE on ‘problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus’, 20–24 July 2020 (postponed) New York
Group of Governmental Experts on nuclear disarmament verification 1 Nov – 31 Dec 2021


Acronyms: see those listed at the end of the Table on Weapons and Technologies that was prepared for participants of this Orientation programme.

Glossary of Terms for UN Delegates: