COMING UP – Handicap International co-organizes the 5th Annual Humanitarian Disarmament Forum | October 12, 2016

On October 15th and 16th, Handicap International, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Mine Action Canada are hosting the 5th Annual Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, in New York. The first Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit was held in October 2012 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. It gathered […]

On October 15th and 16th, Handicap International, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Mine Action Canada are hosting the 5th Annual Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, in New York.

The first Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit was held in October 2012 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. It gathered 90 representatives from non-governmental organizations and global coalitions and it resulted with the official Communiqué calling for strong disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian imperatives to strengthen international law and protect civilians. The Communiqué, co-signed by Handicap International, was delivered to the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Ms. Angela Kane and distributed to government representatives attending the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

Read the 2012 Communiqué here.

This year, Handicap International decided to co-organize the Forum, along with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Mine Action Canada. The objective of this year’s forum is to enhance the effectiveness of disarmament campaigning.  With that in mind and the fact that 2016 is an Olympic year, this year’s theme is Higher, Faster, Stronger.

We want higher standards, faster progress and stronger campaigns.

All involved organisations are working towards higher levels of civil society participation and cooperation, faster implementation of treaties and stronger international humanitarian law. The forum will hold a series of panel analysing present-day disarmament challenges, and participants will share their insights and the different experiences of their organisations.

Handicap International will introduce to the sector the integrated approach to Victim Assistance, share the progress made on this concept at international level and open a discussion on the challenges related to the implementation of this concept.  We will also share our experience on advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian response during the World Humanitarian Summit process, and other related advocacy challenges on the international level.

 


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