International Women’s Conference on Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State Actors

In line with the Secretary General Agenda for Disarmament and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will convene a three-day international conference to strengthen women’s participation in Peace and Security, Disarmament and efforts to prevent the proliferation of WMDs to non-State actors. 

New types of weapons need new forms of governance

Multilateral disarmament and arms control treaties and national measures deriving from these and from international humanitarian law, such as export controls, criminal sanctions and reviews pursuant to Article 36 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, are poorly adapted to dealing with evolving systems that transcend traditional weapon classifications.