The nuclear security community is in crisis; the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to erase hard won progress on gender equity and inclusion. Research conducted by Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) shows that the pandemic is pushing women out of the workforce – a challenge that will worsen with time. Direct action is needed to support gender equity and inclusion and safeguard the future of the community.

Join the International Nuclear Security Forum and the GCNP for a briefing on GCNP’s research and findings showing the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the nuclear policy community, and a discussion of measures that can be taken to support gender equity and inclusion moving forward.

The youth population of the West Asia and North Africa region is exceedingly high. Youth have the potential to become agents of change and contribute to a more prosperous and stable future for themselves and their communities. However, this requires urgent and significant investment to create opportunities for meaningful learning, social engagement and work, all of which are currently limited.

This event seeks to provide a space for young people to reflect on and highlight actions that the international community should take to empower and support youth in West Asia and North Africa, in response to major global challenges such as COVID-19, refugee youth populations, violent conflict, and climate change; and to discuss what it means to be young today in West Asia and North Africa.

Co-sponsors: Stimson Center, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations, the West Asia North Africa Institute (WANA), the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, and Peace Child International.

The Stimson Center and the British Embassy Washington are pleased to invite you to a discussion with two distinguished Ambassadors on the urgent need to mobilize more climate finance to build resiliency, fund innovative nature-based projects, and sustain meaningful climate ambition beyond the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

As COP26 co-hosts, UK Ambassador Karen Pierce and Italian Ambassador Mariangela Zappia will offer perspectives on what we can expect as the world gathers to address the climate crisis. Increasing and sustaining international political commitments to adaptation and resilience building will be critical to our long-term success. Egyptian Ambassador Motaz Zahran will provide insights on how nations can build on international coalitions such as the Adaptation Action Coalition, in order to sustain momentum beyond COP26.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding global instrument to recognize and create obligations around the connection between arms transfers and gender-based violence (GBV). By requiring exporting States Parties to explicitly consider GBV in export assessments, the ATT creates a unique opportunity for States to meaningfully contribute to global efforts to reduce arms-related GBV. The fifth Conference of States Parties (CSP5) recommended actions relating to gender in the context of representation and participation in all future CSP meetings, increasing understanding of the gendered impact of armed violence in the context of the ATT, and implementing gender-based violence risk assessment criteria.

In advance of the eighth Conference of State Parties, this event will take stock of progress made, examine how subsequent CSP meetings have discussed gender, and assess what practical steps have or have not been taken to keep the momentum of CSP5’s decision moving forward. Discussions will also include reflections on the recent UNPoA gender outcomes at BMS7 and from licensing officers about the challenges, opportunities, and resources they find in their day-to-day work as it relates to gender and gender-based violence.

You’re invited to the book launch of “Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace: The Rise, Demise, and Revival of Arms Control,” by Stimson Co-founder Michael Krepon.

The geometry of nuclear competition has never been more complex. China’s nuclear force structure is growing rapidly. Russia and the United States have sloughed off treaties to facilitate freedom of action. Traditional arms control seems to be at an impasse. Some want nuclear prohibition; others demand ambitious agreements of far broader scope. The U.S. domestic consensus on treaty-making is broken. Arms control was the most significant unacknowledged diplomatic achievement of the Cold War, but it is now out of favor even as nuclear dangers rise. How did something so successful become so dispensable? Revival requires adaptation and ingenuity. Krepon details next steps and where we can go from here.

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Past Events

The recent Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the world has little chance to achieve agreed climate change mitigation targets in our lifetimes given the continued degradation of the environment.

The climate action timelines of many nations are not ambitious enough and current global governance approaches remain weak, lack accountability mechanisms, and are fragmented and siloed. Against this backdrop, this UNGA side event will discuss what new approaches and governance innovations might the international community wish to consider, as a matter of priority for climate action? And what strategies can be considered to ensure that these innovations are implemented?

Join us on September 22 for a discussion with Alice Ba, Kavi Chongkittavorn, and Amitav Acharya about the future of ASEAN amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and China. Geopolitical rivalry and competing narratives increasingly interact with political and economic challenges linked to the COVID pandemic, climate change, and trade conflict. Amitav Acharya’s recent book ASEAN and Regional Order: Revisiting Security Community in Southeast Asia will form the basis for this interactive discussion about the future of ASEAN.

This event is co-sponsored with the ASEAN Studies Initiative at American University.

The UN Secretary-General’s report Our Common Agenda (to be released in mid-September) is expected to chart a path forward and provide recommendations for strengthening the United Nations.

This UNGA side event is meant to inspire participants to use this moment for innovating the world body and fulfill the promise of the UN75 Declaration and the Secretary-General’s vision of a “more inclusive and networked multilateralism.” It aims to mobilize UN Member States and diverse non-governmental actors worldwide to explore modalities for initiating a meaningful post-UN75 follow-on process, including the idea of a dedicated intergovernmental process to strengthen and reform the UN system.

Please join us for a discussion with Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Dr. Asad Majeed Khan on the impact of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. Moderated by South Asia Director Elizabeth Threlkeld, the discussion will focus on implications of the Taliban’s return to power, Pakistan’s response to the developments, and what these new dynamics mean for U.S.-Pakistan relations going forward.

Stimson South Asia Program Distinguished Fellow Col. David O. Smith will offer discussant’s comments, followed by a question-and-answer session with the Ambassador.

Join us on Wednesday, September 15 for a discussion with representatives from the United States, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam on opportunities for collaboration under the Mekong –U.S. Partnership.

In 2020, the Lower Mekong Initiative was upgraded and expanded to the Mekong–U.S. Partnership (MUSP). A flagship initiative of the Partnership is the MUSP Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue series, which includes six virtual and in-person dialogues between 2021 and 2023 focusing on key policy and sustainability challenges facing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This discussion will launch the summary report from the first Policy Dialogue and explore opportunities for concrete collaboration on issues including energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, human resources, water governance, connectivity, and nature-based solutions.

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