disarmament

Target 2045: A New Rallying Call for Nuclear Weapons Elimination

Target 2045: A new rallying call for nuclear weapons elimination

Co-sponsors: In-Depth News, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, UNFOLD ZERO and #wethepeoples2020

A number of calls have been made recently, by non-nuclear governments and civil society organisations, to the nuclear armed and allied countries to commit to achieving the global elimination of nuclear weapons at least by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations (if not sooner). These include recent statements to the UN High Level Meeting on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and global appeals launched by #wethepeoples2020 and World Beyond War.

This target of 2045 appears far into the future for those of us who believe that nuclear disarmament can and should be achieved much earlier. However, setting a goal of 2045 could provide a global rallying call to build a stronger movement, and would avoid being dismissed as unrealistically early by those who rely on nuclear deterrence. (See 2045: A New Rallying Call for Nuclear Abolition, In-Depth News, Oct 22, 2020)

This webinar will explore the political value of setting 2045 as the target date by which the global elimination of nuclear weapons should be achieved, if not before.

Register here!

Speakers:

H.E. Mr Magzhan Ilyassov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations

Mr. Saber Chowdhury, MP, Honorary President, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Co-President, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Mr. Ramesh Jaura, Editor-in-Chief & Director-General, IDN-InDepth News, flagship agency of the non-profit International Press Syndicate group

Ms. Vanda Proskova, Vice-Chair, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, Co-chair, Abolition 2000 Youth Network

Chair: Mr. Alyn Ware, Member, World Future Council, Global Coordinator, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programs & actions in the fight against small arms trafficking/misuse

The European Union & the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs present:

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programmes and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Register here: eventbrite.com/e/gender-mainstreaming-in-small-arms-control-in-line-with-the-wps-agenda-tickets-125967477115

The event presents initiatives in support of more effective, gender-responsive small arms control. Overview of opportunities and challenges to gender-responsive small arms control; In-country training programmes for national small arms commissions in Africa; Partnerships with parliamentarians, women’s organizations and the Women, Peace and Security community in Asia and the Pacific; Firearms investigations from a gender perspective & linkages between small arms legislation and the elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; Increasing engagement for a gendered approach to small arms control at the grass-root level.

This is a virtual, open event in the margins of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee and the UN Security Council debate on WPS.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit https://ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit https://ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch.

#75Words4Disarmament Congratulatory Event

#75Words4Disarmament Congratulatory Event by the #Youth4Disarmament Initiative
On Friday 23 October, watch the event live here: Join the Webex Event

If prompted, enter the following info:
Event number: 173 015 6470
Event password: WDYC2020

Background: In commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs held the “#75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge”, which was launched on 12 August, the International Youth Day, and was closed on 26 September, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The “#75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge” invited young people around the world to express what disarmament means to them and their communities in 75 words. The challenge provided an opportunity to think about disarmament not as an abstract concept, but as a practical means to help prevent armed conflict and promote peace and security.

The challenge was open to young people between the ages of 13 and 29, with three age groups: 13 to 18 years (middle and high school), 19 to 24 years (college and graduate school) and 25 to 29 years (early career professionals). The five winners from each group were selected by the panel of judges and will be announced at the congratulatory event at 9 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, 26 October, marking the Disarmament Week.

At the event, the winners will be announced by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and the young people’s concerns and cares for disarmament and ways for further youth engagement will be shared.

Our distinguished speakers:

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
H.E. Mr. CHO Hyun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
Ms. Isa Begemann, UN Youth Champion for Disarmament
First Prize Winners

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please email the co-chair at marjones@nyc.rr.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th birthday, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN, in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, will be commemorating that anniversary with a special virtual event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Human Rights: “Our Goal of World Community: the United Nations at 75.” In the current moment of simultaneous global political, social, economic, health, and climate crises, continued involvement with and investment in international cooperation could not be more critical. During this event we’ll talk about how Unitarian Universalists can make our mark for global justice.

Featured speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association International Office
  • Hawa Diallo, United Nations Department of Global Communications
  • Chris King, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
  • Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations
  • Craig Mokhiber, Director, New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Bobbi Nassar, Co-chair, Nongovernmental Organization Committee on Human Rights at the United Nations
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Gillian Sorenson, International Rescue Committee, formerly Assistant Secretary General at the UN, then with the UN Foundation

Register for the event here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com.

West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

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West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

As part of Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) will convene 6 regional Intergenerational Dialogues. The outcomes of OYE engagements will feed into the youth declaration on the AU Theme of the Year and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

The Convenings will also roll out the IGD Brochure & Toolkit for Intergenerational Co-Leadership.

Special guest:
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs

Speakers:
Mr. Edward Mulbah, Executive Director, Liberia Peacebuilding Office
Ms. Mfrekeobong Ukpanah, AU Peace and Security Department
Ms. Dolapo Lawal – African Youth Front on Coronavirus

Performances:
Barhama – Artist (The Gambia)
Maryam Bukar Hassan – Poet (Nigeria)
Michael Olatuja – Musician (Nigeria)

Session Moderators:
Mr. Moctar Kane, African Youth Ambassador for Peace (Mali)
Ms. Feranmi Adeola, West Africa Anti-corruption Youth Ambassador (Nigeria)
Mr. Amos Williams, Federation of Liberian Youth (Liberia)
Mr. Serigne NDIAYE, AU Youth Advisory Council (Senegal)
Ms. Grace Simon, Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction (Nigeria)
Aug 27, 2020 04:00 PM in Nairobi

African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) is releasing the Intergenerational Dialogues Brochure and Toolkit for Co-Leadership.

In 2020, the average age of the African leadership is 64 years old and the average age of the population is about 20. Conflict on the continent is aggravated by the lack of communication and collaboration between generations. The generation that fought for independence; the generation that built the African nation and the current youthful population that navigates a world of continued violence and inequality. However, Young people are connected, better educated, tech-savvy, full of potential and ready to CO-LEAD!

Today we make available IGD Toolkit for youth to self-organize as part of 100 Intergenerational Dialogues #100IGD across and beyond Africa to bridge social, cultural and political differences between generations and thereby address both current and emerging conflict patterns.

Our Theory of Change is Intergenerational Co-Leadership, Join Us!

The initiative inculcates Agenda 2063’s emphasis on social dialogues for peace and sustains OYE’s Strategic Action Plan to build bridges and address barriers to youth leadership.

IGD Brochure and toolkit is available here.

Watch IGD on Africa Day 

Read more about the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign activities;

  • Six Virtual Regional Intergenerational Dialogues

  • Youth Silencing the Guns Awards

  • Trainings and Capacity Development

Join the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy, 6 Regional Intergenerational Dialogues as part of  “Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign”taking place from 27 August to 11 September 2020

Themes to be discussed include; Free- conflict Africa, Silencing Poverty & Hunger, Silencing Gender Based Violence, Silencing Youth Unemployment, Silencing Corruption and Silencing Climate Crisis.

Save dates for Intergenerational Dialogues (IGDs)

27 August, 2020 –  West Africa Youth Silencing the Guns IGD

01 September, 2020 – East Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

03 September, 2020 – Central Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

08 September, 2020 – North Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

10 September, 2020 – Southern Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

11 September, 2020 – Diaspora Silencing the Guns IGD

{Virtual} International Day Against Nuclear Tests 

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SAVE THE DATE: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Virtual Event

Organized by the President of the General Assembly with support from the Office for Disarmament Affairs

Date: 26 August 2020
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch online at http://webtv.un.org
More infowww.un.org/en/observances/end-nuclear-tests-day
Established to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on 29 August 1991, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests is marked around the world each year with events highlighting the effects of nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Photo: Licorne test, 1971, French Polynesia. The Official CTBTO Photostream

[Webinar] Local to Global: Agents of Change, A Youth Led Initiative

1. Nature of event: Webinar

2. Organizers | Sponsors: Nonviolence International New York

3. Title of event: “Local to Global: Agents of Change, A Youth Led Initiative”

4. Concept note about or brief introduction to the event:
This Side Event will feature Agents of Change, youth from all around the world who have led significant initiatives in response to pressing social issues,  with a focus on disarmament, nonviolent methodologies, and civil society. This event hopes to highlight and encourage youth involvement in civil society as well as provide information on how to effectively get involved in advocacy and social justice, whilst highlighting avenues for active engagement in accomplishing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The Agents of Change will be joining us to share their own experiences and anecdotes on how they are personally involved in sustainable peace.

5. Day and date, start and finish time (including time zone), venue: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

6. Speakers, moderator:

– Parker Dolton, Research Analyst NVI-NY (moderator)
– Joshua Kirshbaum, Executive Director NVI-NY (speaker)
– Nicole Himel, Research Analyst NVI-NY (speaker)
– Veronika Leitmanova, Research Manager NVI-NY (speaker)
– Inci Sayki, Research Analyst NVI-NY (speaker)
– Meredith Carbonell, Research Analyst NVI-NY (speaker)

7. Links or information about registration and participation: Please RSVP for the event here. If this link doesn’t work, please copy and paste the following in your browser:
https://www.nviny.net/remote-programs/local-to-global-agents-of-change-a-youth-led-initiative  

8. Announcement posters or background documents:
Please visit our website for background information on NVI-NY: www.nonviolenceny.org  and this will lead up to the set of webinars that this team will be hosting in late July through August (dates TBA)

AUGUST EXPERT PANELS 

The series of online panels hosted by NVINY’s Civil Society Engagement (CSE) team will consist of 3 panels and will take place through 3 consecutive weeks, with one panel taking place each week.

  1. Nishka Malik’s panel discussion will be concerning indigenous people and mining,
  2. Parker Dolton’s will be on education initiatives in developing countries,
  3. Arielle Rosenthal’s will be on the future of humanitarian aid.

Each panel will feature 4 speakers and will be 60 to 90 minutes. The panels will take place on Zoom, and will preferably be broadcasted on Youtube and Facebook for more engagement with the audience.

We are still looking for a few more panelists and if you know anyone who would want to speak in the expert panel on one of these three topics if you could encourage them to reach out to the CSE Team lead Inci Sayki at  incisayki@nonviolenceny.org
Organizers | Sponsors:
a) Nonviolence International New York – Nonviolenceny.org
b) the New York Graduate Plan – newyorkgraduateplan.org

Webinar: UN 2020: Enhancing Peace, Disarmament & the Role of Women

We cordially invite you to UN 2020: Enhancing peace, disarmament and the role of women, a webinar on June 24 which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter and 20 years of action on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, peace and security.

The webinar follows-up on Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development, an international appeal of 250 women legislators, religious leaders and civil society leaders from 50 countries. The appeal focuses on the increased importance of disarmament in a world impacted by COVID-19, and supports United Nations’ initiatives for peace and disarmament including the global ceasefire initiative and the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament.

Presenters for the June 24 webinar: Co-Chair, Ms Kehkashan Basu (World Future Council Youth Ambassador), H.E.  Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), H.E. Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond (United Nations), Hon Maria Espinosa (World Future Council, President 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly), Ms Gabriela Cuevas Barron MP (President, Inter-Parliamentary Union), Baroness Sue Miller (PNND Co-President), Dr Hedy Fry MP (OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Rep on Gender Issues), Ms Divina Maloum (Co-winner, 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize), Ms Elizabeth Warner (Ploughshares Fund and Women’s Initiative), Rep Carol Ammons (Member Illinois State Assembly and the Women Legislators’ Lobby), H.E. Ann-Sofie Nilsson (Sweden Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-proliferation) and Ms Holly Near (singer, song-writer).

 

The webinar will highlight the inspiring roles of women in peace and disarmament, and discuss concrete and effective ways to achieve UN objectives to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to turn swords into ploughshares.

The event is co-chaired by Ms Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council and Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, and Mr Jonathan Granoff (USA), President of the Global Security Institute and UN Representative for the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Summits.

It will include a special guest performance by Holly Near (USA), acclaimed singer, song-writer, actor and founder of Redwood Records.  

Event Details
Zoom webinar | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 11:00 – 13:30 EDT (17:00-19:30) CET)

Click here to register.

Click here for the event flyer and program.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.

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