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Future Directions for Gender-sensitive Ammunition Management Processes

As the UN General Assembly receives the Final Report of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus, Member States will consider developing a more comprehensive approach to conventional ammunition management processes, one that addresses not only safety but security. One aspect that the GGE highlighted was the “value of considering ammunition management throughout its life cycle, using a gender analysis, in order to identify relevant entry points for gender mainstreaming” (A/76/324, para 81).

While gender analysis has been introduced to address a variety of aspects of small arms control, it has received less attention in the ammunition-specific domain, especially outside of stockpile management concerns. In response to this knowledge gap, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is implementing a project to promote effective, safe and secure ammunition management through the development of gender-responsive guidance, including in the framework of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the UN SaferGuard Programme.

Following the release of a briefing paper last year, UNODA and the Small Arms Survey are hosting a virtual event to launch a report that highlights gender considerations throughout the life-cycle management of ammunition, “Gender-sensitive Ammunition Management Processes: Considerations for National Authorities,” on the margins of the First Committee of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

The event will highlight the main elements from the publication, as well as provide a brief overview of the life-cycle management of ammunition.

Register here!

The event will be moderated by Takuma Haga, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. For more information, please contact Takuma Haga at takuma.haga@un.org.

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

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 [10th Anniversary]

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held on 7 and 8 April 2021. The modalities of participation will depend on the evolving spread of COVID-19 and its impact on travel restrictions as well as considerations on the safety, health and wellbeing of participants.

The Forum provides a global platform for a candid dialogue among Member States and young leaders from around the world on solutions to challenges affecting youth wellbeing. It also serves as a unique space for young people to share their vision and actions as well as to provide youth perspectives on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The 2021 Forum’s discussions will be guided by the overall theme of the 2021 ECOSOC and HLPF: “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. Consideration will also be given to the group of SDGs decided by Member States for in-depth discussions at the 2021 HLPF, namely, SDGs 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17.

As more specific information becomes available, it will be available here: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/content/ecosoc-youth-forum-2021

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Webinar: Violence Against Women in Time of COVID-19

Dear civil society representatives,

We are pleased to announce the latest in the webinar series Violence Against Women in Time of COVID-19 which will be held on Monday 29 June starting at 16:00 hours Central European Time (10:00 hours US EST).

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Vienna Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and KAICIID. The latest event follows an initial webinar and the latest event on Faith for Earth, and forms part in a series of talks on FBOs and crime-related issues.

Please email coalitionfbo@gmail.com in advance to receive a link to the event.

Moderator:

Michael Platzer, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations

Speakers:

Dubravka Šimonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Sakena Yacoobi, Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning
Ngoji Eze, UPF Ambassador for Peace
Fatma Ismetova Usheva, Researcher, UNODC
Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović, Belgrade U; Director Victimology Society Serbia
Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Chair The Alliance of NGOs on CPCJ

We hope you may find this of interest and thank you for your attention.

Best regards,

Civil Society Team

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria

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CoNGO NOTES: To learn more about the NGO Committee on Status of Women in Vienna, visit www.ngocswvienna.org.