Forum

The Humanitarian Disarmament Forum is a gathering of activists working to advance humanitarian disarmament held in New York each October during 2012 to 2019. The Forum has been held completely online since 2020.

This page provides a summary overview of each Forum and lists the participating organizations at the end. See also the @4disarmament Twitter lists of Civil Society and Campaigners. And the Humanitarian Disarmament website established by Harvard Law School’s Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative (ACCPI) after it convened the Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead conference on 5-6 March 2018.

Chronology

2020

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International convene the Ninth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum online. (See the Activities Report on Part One)

2021

The Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines (Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas, CCCM) convenes the Eighth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum.

2018

The Forum on the Arms Trade and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) convene the Seventh Humanitarian Disarmament Forum.

2017

Human Rights Watch, PAX, and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic convene the Sixth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum.

2016

Handicap International, Mines Action Canada, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons convene the Fifth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum at PACE University. The 2016 forum focuses on how our community of campaigners can work for higher standards, achieve faster progress and build strengthen campaigns. It features a keynote address by Andrew Feinstein, a South African writer and filmmaker who has worked to uncover corruption in arms deals. (Agenda).

2015

Oxfam and Save the Children convene the Fourth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum at PACE University . The 2015 forum looks at how the humanitarian disarmament community can advocate to help alleviate the human suffering in conflicts that is creating humanitarian emergencies in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere. It features a keynote address by Osama Damo of Save the Children Canada, who describes his experience growing up and working in Gaza. (Agenda)

2014

Control Arms and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) convene the Third Humanitarian Disarmament & Arms Control Campaigns Forum at PACE University in New York. The 2014 forum focuses on the link between gender and arms, considering practical ways to advance a gendered approach to humanitarian disarmament and arms control. It features a keynote address by 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. (AgendaAction Plan, Background Reading ListVideo)

2013

Article 36 and IKV Pax Christi (now PAX) convene the Second Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum at the UN Church Center in New York. The 2013 forum look at how movements for change become stronger and more effective when their different constituent parts work together, support each other and identify part of a wider community. Participants undertake a simulation exercise on humanitarian disarmament in the year 2023, role playing the parts of activists, governments officials, industry representatives, and journalists. (Agenda, simulation exercise, and key issues handout).

2012

Human Rights Watch convenes the inaugural Forum, entitled the Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit at the UN Church Center. The gathering is part of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Nobel Peace Laureate. The Summit marks the first time that global civil society coalitions working to advance humanitarian disarmament had met as a whole discuss how non-governmental organizations aim to cooperate and collaborate together to advance their collective work. The participating organizations endorse a Summit Communique. The Summit feature a keynote address by then-UN Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions Philip G. Alston, on the threats posed by “killer robots.” A “Ministry for Disarmament” blog and Twitter feed are established for the Summit and managed by Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch. (Agenda and Summary Report).

Participants

Global Civil Society Coalitions

BioWeapons Prevention Project 

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition

Cluster Munition Coalition

Control Arms

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)

International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)

Non-Governmental Organizations 

Action on Armed Violence

Amnesty International

Article 36

Asociación para Políticas Públicas

Association for Aid and Relief Japan

Center for Civilians in Conflict

Control Arms Foundation of India

Fundació per la Pau

Humanity and Inclusion

Human Rights Watch

International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC)

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

Mines Action Canada

Mines Advisory Group

Nobel Women’s Initiative

Non-Violence International

Norwegian People’s Aid

PAX

Oxfam International

Physicians for Human Rights

Project Ploughshares

Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Saferworld

VERTIC (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

World Council of Churches

Institutions

Harvard University Law School International Human Rights Clinic

International Committee of the Red Cross

Mine Ban Treaty Implementation Support Unit

New York University Law School Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

Pace University International Disarmament Institute

University of Pretoria Faculty of Law Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa