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. 

Speakers

Agenda

Day 1

  • September 30, 00:00 Welcome remarks

    • Richard Lennane, Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform
    • Jens Orback, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation

  • September 30, 09:15 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

  • 11:00 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

  • September 30, 13:10 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

  • September 30, 14:40 Small group discussions (Part I)

    • Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination
    • Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors
    • Group C: Data and monitoring
    • Group D: Soft law, standards and codes
    • Group E: Forecasting and adaptation

  • 16:30 Keynote - Driving change through inclusion and collaboration: A peacebuilder's perspective on weapons governance

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

Day 2

  • October 1, 09:15 Small group discussions (Part II)

    • Group A: Delegation, distribution and coordination
    • Group B: Inclusion and agency of non-state actors
    • Group C: Data and monitoring
    • Group D: Soft law, standards and codes
    • Group E: Forecasting and adaptation

  • October 1, 11:45 Closing plenary: Review, synthesis and direction: Toward an integrated approach to weapons governance

    Group reporting, synthesis and conclusions

  • October 1, 13:00 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

  • October 1, 14:00 “Extra” Brainstorming session

    Goal-setting and next steps for weapons governance

Pictures

2019 New Shape Forum. Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Audience 2019 New Shape Forum. Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Niek Savelkoul (iGEM). Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Moriba Jah (University of Texas). Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Dan Faggella (Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research). Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Alejandra Quevedo (Financial Action Task Force of Latin America). Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Keynote speaker Leymah Gbowee. Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.

Keynote speaker Leymah Gbowee. Photo: Antoine Tardy/Global Challenges Foundation & Geneva Disarmament Platform.