Call for PACDAC nominations

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has launched an open call for nominations for people to serve on the Public Advisory Committee for Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC). This is a statutory body chaired by the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and comprised of eight experts who hold office for […]

Dialogue on killer robots concerns

Dialogue on Autonomous Weapons and Human Control, New Zealand Parliament (c) MFAT, 10 August 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Hon. Phil Twyford, hosted a Dialogue on Autonomous Weapons and Human Control at Parliament on 10 August 2021. According to the programme, “inaction on weapons systems that can select and […]

New Zealand’s disarmament minister

New Zealand’s Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Hon. Phil Twyford (c) MFAT, August 2021

It’s time to re-activate this Ministry for Disarmament blog. Created in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2011 to draw attention to the country’s Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, a unique portfolio worldwide that was established in 1987. The blog […]

Race and intersectionality in disarmament

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International are convening the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum in 2020 and 2021 on the topic of race and intersectionality. This marks the first time the Forum–held annually since 2021–has been held entirely online and, for the first time, focused on diversity—particularly race—and how to be more […]

Humanitarian disarmament in 2020

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International are excited to co-host the next Humanitarian Disarmament Forum on 19-21 October 2020. 

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2019 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

The Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines convened the eight humanitarian disarmament forum at the Church Center in New York on 19-20 October 2019.

2018 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

The Forum on the Arms Trade and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) convened the humanitarian disarmament forum in New York on 13-14 October. Approximately 80 people participated in the seventh annual forum. The cross-cutting discussion between various campaigns examined opportunities and challenges facing the collective effort to advance humanitarian disarmament and prevent […]

Curbing explosive weapons in populated areas

Over the past year, the Syrian government has used missiles, air-dropped bombs, mortars, rockets, artillery and other explosive weapons with wide-area effects, causing multiple civilian casualties and destroying homes and communities. Due to the nature of the weapons and the locations targeted, these kinds of attacks kill and injure civilians, damage infrastructure, and leave […]

United Nations the next stop for killer robots

Less than one week after the launch of a new international Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a new UN report has called for a moratorium on “Lethal Autonomous Robotics,” weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention.

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Busting consensus while staying in the UN

Something remarkable happened at the United Nations in New York on Thursday evening (March 28), when member states failed to adopt a long-sought treaty to regulate the arms trade. Politicians “deplored” the way in which agreement on the Arms Trade Treaty text had been “thwarted” by three of the world’s most abusive regimes: Iran, […]