October 29, 2020 @ 16:00 – October 29, 2020 @ 17:45

10:00–11:45 AM - Eastern Daylight Time

Unplanned ammunition depot explosions, as well as conflict, violence and crime resulting from ammunition diversion, affect women, men, girls and boys differently. Responding to these challenges requires a comprehensive integration of gender considerations across the lifecycle of ammunition. However, to date, there is insufficient knowledge available about the link between gender and ammunition management.

In response to this knowledge gap, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), with the financial support of France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland, initiated a project to promote effective, safe and secure ammunition management through the development of gender-responsive guidance, including in the framework of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the UN SaferGuard Programme.

To introduce the first output of this project, UNODA and the Small Arms Survey are hosting a Virtual Launch Event of a Briefing Paper, “Making Room for Improvement: Gender Dimensions of the Life-cycle Management of Ammunition”, in parallel to the meetings of the First Committee of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.

The Virtual Launch will highlight the publication’s key findings on the importance of gendermainstreaming ammunition policy and practice and identify entry points for making all phases of the Life-cycle Management of Ammunition gender-responsive.

The Virtual Launch will take place on Thursday 29 October 2020 from 10:00–11:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

Registration required: https://forms.gle/th2qvgidUNouPCK1A


Tentative Programme (Eastern Standard Time):

Moderated by Ingmar Snabilie, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

10.00 -10.20      Opening remarks



10.20-10.50       Presentations

                           Katherine Prizeman, Political Affairs Officer,

                           UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

                           Emile LeBrun, Consultant, Small Arms Survey

                           Followed by Q&A

10.50-11.30       Interactive panel discussion

                            Jovana Carapic, Geneva International Centre

                            for Humanitarian Demining

                            Eric Deschambault, Explosives Safety Expert

                            Afifa Habbassi, Arms, Ammunition and

                            Explosives Expert Trainer

                            Dragan Bozanic, Gender and Research Project

                            Officer, South Eastern and Eastern Europe 

                            Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms

                            and Light Weapons

                            Manuel Martinez Miralles, Researcher, UN

                            Institute for Disarmament Research

11.30-11.45       Discussion and closing

For more information, please contact Ingmar Snabilie at <ingmar.snabilie@un.org>.

This project is supported by the governments of France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.