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2020 Orientation Course: Table of Disarmament Forums and Agencies

Disarmament Forums and Agencies

NOTE: This list focuses mainly on Geneva-based entities and is not exhaustive.



Main Bodies








General Assembly First Committee [JCP1]

Deals with disarmament and international security.

New York


Conference on Disarmament (CD)

Set up in current form by the General Assembly via SSOD I [JCP2]1

Deals with (mainly) nuclear disarmament including fissile materials; PAROS;2 NSAs;3 new types of WMD including radiological weapons; comprehensive programme of disarmament; and transparency in armaments.

SSOD I [JCP3] styled the CD as “a single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of limited size taking decisions on the basis of consensus”.



Disarmament Commission [JCP4]

Set up in current form by the General Assembly via SSOD I [JCP5]

Deals with 2 items per year: nuclear disarmament and one item drawn from a range of issue

New York







Treaty Bodies


Meetings of States Parties (MSPs), Conferences of States Parties (CSPs), etc. 


Biological: (BWC)

Next MSP: 8­–11 December 2020



Chemical: (CWC)

25th CSP: 30 Nov–4 December 2020


The Hague

Nuclear: (NPT)




10th Review Conference of NPT States Parties: dates tbc NB: in the next 5-yearly review cycle of the NPT, States Parties are likely to hold Preparatory Committee meetings in Vienna, Geneva and New York.

Not yet in force

Not yet in force

New York


[1] First special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament, 1978.

[2] Prevention of an arms race in outer space.

[3] Effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.











Inhumane Weapons Convention: (CCW & Protocols)

Next MSPs:

CCW: 11–13 November 2020

Protocol V: 9 November 2020

Amended Protocol II: 10 November 2020


Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)

Next MSP: 16–20 November 2020



Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Next CSP: 17–21 August 2020 (CSP6)


Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

Next MSP: 2nd Review Conference of the States Parties, Lausanne


Other issues of relevance to Geneva-based diplomats

Details of relevant processes, e.g. Groups of Government Experts (GGEs), Open-ended Working Groups (OEWGs), etc. 



GGE on Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security, 17–21 August 2020, and 20–29 May 2021


New York


OEWG on ‘Developments in the field of Information and Telecommunications in the context of International Security’, 6–10 July 2020

New York

Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) 

GGE on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (GGE LAWS) of the CCW Parties, 10–14 August 2020 and 21–25 September 2020 



GGE on ‘problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus’, 20–24 July 2020 (postponed) 

New York


Acronyms: see those listed at the end of the Table on Weapons and Technologies that was prepared for participants of this Orientation programme.

Glossary of Terms for UN Delegates: