The Geneva Forum is a joint initiative of the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Our overarching objective is to contribute to international peace and security by building partnerships among and between governments, international organisations and NGOs on disarmament and arms control issues of common concern. The work of the Geneva Forum comprises three main tracks:
1. Building agendas around new and emerging issues in arms control and disarmament.
2. Supporting ongoing arms control and disarmament negotiations.
3. Promoting the implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements.
In carrying out this work, the Geneva Forum interacts closely with government missions to the United Nations, international organisations, NGOs and the media, and actively engages Geneva's important, humanitarian, development and human rights communities in its disarmament work.
Working on Disarmament and Arms Control in Geneva: An Orientation for Diplomats - 7-8 May 2013
Every year the Geneva Forum hosts an orientation on "Working on Disarmament and Arms Control in Geneva", specifically designed to brief newly arrived diplomats on the genesis, development, current status and future challenges facing multilateral action in several disarmament and arms control areas. The seminar covered the Conference on Disarmament, nuclear and biological arms control, outer space, Arms Trade Treaty, small arms and light weapons, landmines, cluster munitions, and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Moving Forward: The Small Arms Process in Geneva and Beyond - 15 April 2013
The successful conclusion of the Second Review Conference on the Programme of Action of September 2012 marked an important step in international efforts to address the uncontrolled proliferation of small arms and its daily effects on countless lives and communities. The Conference set out a useful, albeit not complete, roadmap for the future, both in relation to the future steps in the PoA follow-up process and to concrete actions to strengthen its implementation. Consistent with its long-time engagement with the small arms issue, the Geneva community provided an important and substantive contribution to this outcome. This public seminar offered an opportunity to reflect on the way forward in the small arms process in light of these recent developments. It also addressed ways in which the Geneva community can continue ensuring that international attention and action stay focused on regulating small arms and light weapons.
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