2002 Media Guide to
Disarmament in Geneva

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The Geneva Forum

A Joint Initiative of:
Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies, IUHEI

VERSION 2002/1

Pavillon Rigot, Avenue de la Paix 11a, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone (+41 22) 908-5932
Fax (+41 22) 733 -3049
Email:  mccarthy@hei.unige.ch


Warm thanks are due, first and foremost, to the people listed in this guide for having agreed to act as media contact points in their respective areas of expertise. Special thanks also to the United Nations Information Service in Geneva for helping shape this project and for providing valuable support throughout. For her untiring efforts in researching and compiling the guide, we are indebted to Ms. Hyekyung Park of UNIDIR.

The production of this guide was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation



THE GENEVA FORUM is a joint initiative of the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS) of the Graduate Institute of International Studies. Its aim is to support and facilitate multilateral disarmament and security processes in Geneva.

Central to the work of the Geneva Forum is a recognition of the important role played by the Genevabased international media in bringing such activities to the attention of the wider world. In this regard, journalists provide a crucial service by helping to ensure that disarmament work carried out in Geneva does not take place in a vacuum. As a contribution to helping journalists in this difficult task, we are pleased to present this 2002 Media Guide to Disarmament in Geneva.

The guide begins with an overview of the principal entries in the 2002 disarmament calendar. The remainder is divided into 15 issue-areas of disarmament and security and 6 geographical regions. Each section covering disarmament issues contains a calendar of disarmament negotiations and events in that particular thematic area where a series of meetings is foreseen, a list of experts in that particular aspect of disarmament -- some Geneva-based -- who have indicated their willingness to act as media contact-points, and a compilation of internet links to further useful information. The geographical sections list experts in various aspects of regional disarmament and security.

Because of the volatile nature of disarmament and security issues, this guide is necessarily a work in progress. It will be updated, as needed, throughout the year and a new issue will be released at the beginning of each year. We would like to engage your help in improving this guide by asking you to give us you feedback using the form on the last page. Your suggestions will help us greatly in improving the quality of future editions.

You may also consult this guide, and check for newer versions throughout the year, on the UNIDIR website:


We wish you every success in reporting on disarmament and security processes in Geneva this year and hope that this guide will be of some assistance in your work.

Patrick Mc Carthy
Network Coordinator
The Geneva Forum
Tel: +41 22 908 5932

David Atwood
Associate Representative
Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 748 4802

Patricia Lewis Director
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Tel: +41 22 917 4293

Keith Krause
Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies
Tel: +41 22 908 5733



2002 Disarmament Calendar


Conference on Disarmament
Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation
Nuclear Testing
Fissile Material
Outer Space
Biological & Toxin Weapons
Chemical Weapons
Conventional Weapons
Small Arms and Light Weapons
Anti-personnel Landmines
Inhumane Weapons
Non-lethal Weapons
New Technology in Weapons
Arms Trade


Asia-Pacific: East Asia
Asia-Pacific: Central and South Asia
Middle East

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2002 Disarmament Calendar

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21 January-29 March Conference on Disarmament – Geneva    
28 January-1 February Mine Ban Treaty, Inter-sessional work programme – Geneva Note 1
30 January-1 February Meeting of Secretary General’s Advisory Board on
Disarmament Matters – New York
Note 4
11-15 March UN Disarmament Education Study Panel – Geneva Note 5
1-5 April Meeting of UN Expert Group on Missiles – New York Note 3
8-19 April Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee – New York    
22 April-10 May UN Disarmament Commission – New York    
13 May-28 June Conference on Disarmament – Geneva    
20-24 May Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW), Meeting of the
Group of Governmental Experts on “Explosive Remnants of War”
Note 6
27-31 May Mine Ban Treaty, Inter-sessional work programme – Geneva    
8-19 July Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW), Meeting of the
Group of Governmental Experts on “Explosive Remnants of War”
Note 6
29 July-13 September Conference on Disarmament – Geneva    
16-20 September Mine Ban Treaty, Fourth Meeting of States Parties – Geneva Note 2
7 October-8 November UN General Assembly First Committee – New York    
7-11 October Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),
7th Session of the Conference of the States Parties – The Hague
Note 7
11-22 November Resumed fifth BWC Review Conference – Geneva    
2-13 December Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW), Meeting of the
Group of Governmental Experts on “Explosive Remnants of War”
(to be followed by Meeting of States Parties to the CCW)
Note 6

Non-Lethal Weapons


In Geneva

David Atwood
Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
Associate Representative, Disarmament & Peace
Tel: 748 4802

Peter Herby
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Coordinator, Mines/Arms Unit
Tel: 730.2667

Outside Geneva

Malcolm Dando
University of Bradford (UK)
Co-director, Project on strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)
Tel: +44 1274 234 186

Steve Goose Human Rights Watch (USA)
Program Director, Arms Division
Tel: +1 202 612 4355

Nick Lewer
University of Bradford
Department of Peace Studies (UK)
Programme Co-ordinator, Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project
Tel: +44 1274 234 192

Cheryl Welsh
Citizens against Human Rights Abuses (USA)
Tel: +1 530 758 1626


University of Bradford, Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project

Center for Defence Information

Non-Lethal weapons - A global issue - Cheryl Welsh
http://www.raven1.net/welshnlw.htm - Introduction

International Agreement on Use and Development of Non-lethal Weapons

Leading News

Rapport du Group de Recherche et d’Information sur la Paix et la sécurité (GRIP)

New Technology in Weapons


In Geneva

Patricia Lewis
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
Tel: 917 4293

Outside Geneva

John Arquilla Rand (USA)
Tel: +1 310 393 0411 *6273

Saïda Bédar
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Researcher, Centre Interdisciplinaire sur la paix et d'études stratégiques (France)
Tel: +33 1 49 54 26 23

Michael E. O'Hanlon Brookings Institution (USA)
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies
Tel: +1 202 797 6146

Judith Reppy Cornell University (USA)
Professor, Department of Science & Technology Studies
Tel: +1 607 255 8913

Andrew Rathmell
Rand Europe (UK)
Research Leader
Tel: +44 1223 353 329

Chuck Spinney
The Pentagon (USA)
Office of the Director of Program Analysis & Evaluation
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Tel: +1 703 697 0521

Cindy Williams
MIT Security Studies Program (USA)
Principal Research Scientist
Tel: +1 617 253 1825


The “Revolution in Military Affairs” Debate

InfoWar – Cyberwar – Future War Readings - Information System Security Resource Portal
http://www.prognosisx.com/infosyssec/infowar1.htm  [Link appears to be out of date.]

Rapport OTAN . Révolution dans les affaires militaires
http://www.naa.be/publications/comrep/1998/ar299stc-f.html  [Link may be out of date.]

Les nouvelles technologies intellectuelles

La dominance informationnelle


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