The Montreux Conference on Disarmament Retreat Revisited

Followed by a technical briefing by the Secretariat
24 January 2024
The Montreux Conference on Disarmament Retreat Revisited

In June 2023, with the support of France and Germany, UNIDIR organized a high-level retreat in Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss ideas to revitalize the work of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and its relationship with the wider disarmament machinery.

Seventy-nine participants from 60 States participated in the retreat in their personal capacity. Following the Retreat, in August 2023, UNIDIR presented a report containing a factual summary of the discussion in Montreux to the CD.

This event will revisit the findings from the Retreat and provide States with a recap of the findings from that discussion ahead of the opening of the CD sessions in 2024, including with a view to exploring follow-up actions.

The discussion will be followed by a technical briefing by UNODA on the introduction of e-deleGATE and on other electronic resources, including UNODA Meetings Place and the Documents Library.

A light lunch will be served from 13:00.


  • Opening Remarks: H.E. Ambassador Camille Petit, Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • Presentation of the report: James Revill, Head of the WMD and Space Security Programmes, UNIDIR
  • Briefing on follow-up actions taken by the CD Secretariat: Mélanie Régimbal, Chief of Service, UNODA Geneva Office
  • Technical briefing from the CD Secretariat: Alice Marzi, Associate Political Affairs Officer, UNODA
  • Closing remarks: H.E. Ambassador Camille Petit and H.E. Ambassador Thomas Göbel

The discussion will be moderated by H.E. Ambassador Thomas Göbel, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.


24 January, 2024 | 13:15-14:45 CET | Geneva, Switzerland (Room XXIV)


UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts specialized or interested in issues related to the Conference on Disarmament.


The event is open to any interested participants. Please register here using the UN Inidico system.

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