Parliamentary roundtable

Parliamentarians and the UN Disarmament Agenda

International parliamentary meeting to discuss Securing our Common Future, the United Nations agenda for disarmament released in 2018 by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | New York, USA

International parliamentary meeting on Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament, the UN disarmament agenda released by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in 2018. United Nations, New York, Wednesday February 19. 10:0am-12:30pm

A forum of parliamentarians, parliamentary organisations and UN delegations to discuss the UN Secretary-General’s Disarmament Agenda and the role of parliamentarians to advance this, working in cooperation with governments, the UN and civil society. The meeting takes place the day after the 2020 Inter-Parliamentary Union Hearings at the United Nations.

The meeting will consider the draft of a parliamentary handbook entitled ‘Securing our Common Future: A Guide to Parliamentary Action in support of Disarmament for Sustainable Development.’

Feedback from the meeting will assist in editing the draft handbook in order for it to be finalized, published and released at the 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Kigali, Rwanda October, 2020, with a follow-up United Nations launch in New York during UN Disarmament Week 2020.

Meeting sessions

Session 1: Securing our Common Future: An agenda for Disarmament

At this session the panel and particpants will review the key elements of the UN Secretary-General’s agenda for disarmament, reflect on current conflicts and arms races, and take stock of disarmament agreements and negotiations.

Session 2: Parliamentary roles to advance disarmament for our common future

At this session the panel and participants will review key initiatives by the parliamentary community in support of disarmament and nonproliferation treaties and UN resolutions. The session will consider additional effective measures that parliamentarians can take to further the new disarmament agenda put forward by the UN Secretary-General.

Participants

The event is open to delegates to the IPU Annual UN Hearings plus members of PNND, Parliamentarians for Global Action and the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Representatives of 'champion countries' of the UNSG's disarmament agenda are also invited. To register contact PNND.

Background

On May 24, 2018, the UN Secretary-General released Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament, which discusses the connections between disarmament and sustainable development and outlines approaches for advancing disarmament of both conventional and non-conventional weapons, including weapons of mass destruction.    

Parliamentarians play critical roles in advancing disarmament policy and practice. As such, their participation in the UNSG’s disarmament agenda is vital to ensure its success. The sponsors, working in collaboration with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), are bringing together parliamentarians and representatives of key parliamentary organisations in the fields of disarmament and sustainable development in order to highlight best practice and build cooperation for implementing the UNSG’s agenda.

The project includes an international parliamentary meeting followed by production of a handbook or guide for parliamentarians on implementing Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament.

The project builds on cooperative work undertaken by PNND, IPU and the World Future Council on engaging parliaments and parliamentarians in nuclear disarmament and the achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world, as well as cooperative work undertaken by PNND, IPU, Geneva Centre on Security Policy and the Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms Proliferation on the Comprehensive Disarmament and Non-proliferation project, and other work undertaken by partner/cooperating and participating organisations to support parliamentary action for disarmament.

Sponsors

Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Parliamentarians for Global Action, Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the World Future Council. Supported by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations.