First Session of the Conference – 18 to 22 November 2020

Overview

Statement by the Secretary-General at the Opening Meeting

Statement by the President of the General Assembly at the Opening Meeting

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Summaries of public meetings of the Conference (November 18, November 19, November 22)

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  • Outcome
  • Decisions
    • A/CONF.236/DEC.1 Decision on the Participation of international organizations and United Nations organs in the first session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction as observers
    • A/CONF.236/DEC.2 Participation of non-governmental organizations in the first session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction as observers
    • A/CONF.236/DEC.3 Decision on the Dates of Annual Sessions of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • A/CONF.236/DEC.4 Decision on the Presidency of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • A/CONF.236/DEC.5 Decision on the Second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Statements

President of the Conference

Secretary-General of the Conference
Mr. Xiaoyu Wang
212 963-9440
wangxy@un.org

Conference Focal Point
Ms. Marya Canham
917 367-6369
canham@un.org

Conference Support
Mr. Gabiden Laumulin
929 462-4949
gabiden.laumulin@un.org

Conference Support
Mr. Taiki Kohno
917 367-2240
taiki.kohno@un.org

Invited International organizations, UN, NGO and other entities’ participation & Side events
Ms. Diane Barnes
212 963-9169
diane.barnes@un.org

List of Participants
Ms. Elizabeth Isabelita Alip
917 367-3711
elizabeth.alip@un.org

List of Speakers
Ms. Bertha Mae Ortiz
212 963-0846
ortiz1@un.org

Website
Mr. Kena Alexander
917 367-9421
kena.alexander@un.org

Media
Ms. Suzanne Oosterwijk
917 367 -2556
suzanne.oosterwijk@un.org

Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Overview

 

The Second Session of the Conference was scheduled to take place from 16 November to 20 November 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the United Nations conferences and meetings, the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction decides to postpone the Second Session of the Conference to a later date. This decision was adopted by participating  States on 28 August 2020 as A/CONF.236/DEC.5

The Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is scheduled to be held from 29 November to 3 December 2021 at United Nations Headquarters in New York under the presidency of Kuwait, with President-designate Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.  

Conference on Disarmament

Overview

1st Part of the Conference on Disarmament 2022 will start on Monday, 24th of January 2022.

Please select a CD session in the box above. Documents and verbatim records of CD sessions prior to 2004 could be found in the United Nations Digital Library.

2022 CD Annual session program planner

Planning of the CD 2022 Session
Part Week President

Part I  

24 January  + 

08 February – 15 April   

*High Level Segment:  28 February – 02 March 

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China 

24 January

08 February – 04 March 

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Information for member and non-member States

List of participants

Rules of procedure of the Confernece

Useful contacts

CD Secretariat Tel: 022 917 22 81
e-mail: cd@un.org

Last update: 25 November 2021

Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Overview

Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Overview

Seventy-sixth session (2021)

Report - A/76/183

List of Members

  • Issues to be discussed
    • New approaches for nuclear disarmament and arms control

Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Overview

Seventy-fifth session (2021)

List of Members

  • Issues to be discussed
    • New approaches for nuclear disarmament and arms control

General Assembly First Committee

Overview

Disarmament and International Security

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Overview

In its resolution 68/32, the General Assembly declared 26 September the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The Day has been observed annually since 2014. This year's High-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons will take place on Tuesday, 28 September 2021.

Group of Governmental Experts on the continuing operation and relevance of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and its further development

Overview

By operative paragraph 6 of its resolution 74/53 (A/RES/74/53), the General Assembly of the United Nations:

Reaffirms its decision, with a view to further development of the Register, to keep the scope of, participation in and use of the Register under review, and to that end requests the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a group of governmental experts to be convened for a week each at the end of 2021 and at the beginning and in the middle of 2022 within existing resources, with the broadest possible participation, and on the basis of equitable geographical representation, to prepare a report on the continuing operation and relevance of the Register, including by exploring the relationship between the participation in, scope of and use of the Register, and its further development, taking into account the work of the Conference on Disarmament, relevant deliberations within the United Nations, the views expressed by Member States and the reports of the Secretary-General on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development, with a view to taking a decision at its seventy-seventh session.

Responding to this request, the above-referenced group of governmental experts will meet for three one-week sessions, which are tentatively scheduled as follows:

First meeting: 17-21 January 2022, New York
Second meeting: 14-18 March 2022, Geneva [new dates]
Third meeting: 13-17 June 2022, Geneva [new dates]

Biological Weapons Convention – Ninth Preparatory Committee

Overview

Following consultations with BWC States Parties and a silence procedure, the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the Ninth Review Conference is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to 26 and 29 November 2021, subject to availability of a conference room on 29 November.

It has unfortunately proved impossible to find a suitable conference room for the meeting on 29 November, so Ambassador Cleopa Mailu of Kenya, Chairperson of the BWC Meeting of States Parties, wrote a letter to all States Parties and Signatory States on 10 November informing them that the Preparatory Committee will not meet on 29 November. At its meeting on 26 November, the Preparatory Committee will decide when to reschedule the sessions unable to take place on 29 November.

Further information about the modalities and practical arrangements for the Preparatory Committee can be found below:

The Preparatory Committee will take place in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations. All those planning to attend the Meeting of States Parties in person must register online at https://indico.un.org/event/20126/

ISU letter including Aide-Mémoire, dated 25 October 2021