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30 September - 1 October

The Global Challenges Foundation and the Geneva Disarmament Platform, in partnership with Chatham House and the Observer Research Foundation, announce the 2019 New Shape Forum on Weapons Governance, which will take place in Geneva from 30 September to 1 October 2019. 

Weapons governance – in the form of arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation, international humanitarian law, and related efforts – is a key component of global governance and has historically made a significant contribution to strengthening international peace and security, managing global risks, and reducing the harmful consequences of armed conflict. But traditional arms control and disarmament regimes are under stress. Agreements and treaties are unravelling, and progress on new agreements is increasingly blocked. Moreover, new risks, many driven by technologies, are emerging.

The 2019 New Shape Forum will convene a wide range of actors to tackle these challenges, drawing on perspectives from other areas of global governance and explore how different stakeholders imagine their respective roles as agents of weapons governance. 

Programme


Registration

Floor 1 - 30min

Welcome remarks

  • Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform
  • Jens Orback, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation
Room 1, Level 1 - 15min

Opening panel

Surveying the landscape: Weapons governance achievements, challenges and opportunities

Panellists:

  • Angela Kane, Senior Fellow, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Gilles Carbonnier, Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Eric Borremans, Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, Pictet Asset Management

    Moderators: 

    • Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform
    • Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
    Room 1, Level 1 - 75min

    Coffee break

    Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 30min

    Lightning pitches: Governance Stories (Part I)

    • Harjeet Singh (ActionAid), Role of civic and private sector stakeholders at various levels in Climate Governance
    • Sulzhan Bali, Lessons from global health governance for health security
    • Niek Savelkoul (iGEM), Safeguarding the future of biotechnology: the iGEM approach
    • Robert Trafford (Forensic Architecture), Applications of machine learning in monitoring, verification and identification
      Room 1, Level 1 - 70min

      Lunch

      Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 60min

      Lightning Pitches: Governance Stories (Part II)

      • Moriba Jah (University of Texas), Space Situational Awareness: Scientia In Absentia
      • Alejandra Quevedo (Financial Action Task Force of Latin America), The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Standard: How peer reviews build capacity, enhance accountability and distribute compliance monitoring
      • Dan Faggella (Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research), Weaponised Artifical Intelligence – Critical dual-use applications and trends
      Room 1, Level 1 - 60min

      Coffee break

      Level 1 - 30min

      Small group discussions (Part I)

      Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination 

      Room 14, Level 2

        Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors  

        Room 18, Level -1

          Group C: Data and monitoring 

          Room 17, Level -1

            Group D: Soft law, standards and codes 

            Room 16, Level -1

              Group E: Forecasting and adaptation  

              Room 15, Level -1

                Different locations - 100min

                Keynote - Driving change through inclusion and collaboration: A peacebuilder's perspective on weapons governance

                Speaker:

                Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Laureate and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

                  Room 1, Level 1 - 30min

                  Reception and dinner

                  195min


                  Framing and logistics guidance for Day 2

                  Room 1, Level 1 - 15min

                  Small group discussions (Part II)

                  Continue with your group:

                  Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination 

                  Room 14, Level 2

                    Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors  

                    Room 18, Level -1

                      Group C: Data and monitoring 

                      Room 17, Level -1

                        Group D: Soft law, standards and codes 

                        Room 16, Level -1

                          Group E: Forecasting and adaptation  

                          Room 15, Level -1

                          Different locations - 120min

                          Coffee break

                          Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 30min

                          Closing plenary: Review, synthesis and direction: Toward an integrated approach to weapons governance

                          Group reporting, synthesis and conclusions

                          Moderators:

                          • Rakesh Sood, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
                          • Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
                          Room 1, Level 1 - 75min

                          Lunch

                          Zone restauration 2, Level 1 - 60min

                          SIDE EVENT - Conflict, weapons and human rights: How the human rights pillar is contributing to arms control

                          Panellists:

                          • Katrin Geyer, Disarmament Programme Associate - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) 
                          • Carlos Garcia, Permanent Mission of Peru
                          • Patrick Wilcken, Researcher – Arms Control and Human Rights - Amnesty International

                          Co-hosts:

                          • Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
                          • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
                          • Permanent Mission of Peru
                          Room 7/8, Level 2 - 90min

                          “Extra” Brainstorming session

                          Goal-setting and next steps for weapons governance

                          120min

                          Organisers

                          Global Challenges Foundation info@globalchallenges.org

                          Sofia Nordberg, Head of Innovation, Global Challenges Foundation

                          Geneva Disarmament Platform

                          Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform