On 24 May 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled his Agenda for Disarmament entitled Securing Our Common Future in a major policy speech at the University of Geneva. His Agenda is wide-ranging, and after explaining why disarmament is relevant and still needed in the 21st century, the Secretary-General’s speech sign-posted a number of key points explored further in his report.
UNIDIR has combined with other Geneva institutions to co-organize a series of events intended to engage with the Geneva policy community on taking forward the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament.
The first event, on 27 June, in a summer 2018 series co-organized by international Geneva institutions will focus on engaging with the Secretary-General’s ideas to tackle weapons of mass destruction and other strategic weapons (Part II on ‘Disarmament to Save Humanity’). The aim is to discuss, in an informal setting, ways in which to move forward on his Agenda for Disarmament in what he has described as a difficult contemporary international security environment.
Subsequent events in the series will look at how to take forward the recommendations in the section of the Agenda for Disarmament report on ‘Disarmament that Saves Lives’ (15 August), focusing in particular on conventional weapon-related issues. On 29 August, an event on ‘Disarmament for future generations’ will look at the opportunities and challenges of new science and technological developments for security.
On 5 September, a fourth event will examine how to strengthen partnerships for disarmament.