The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered lives, shaken the economy, and disrupted all aspects of society. Its effects have also extended to humanitarian disarmament. In March 2021, an informal survey asked members of the broader humanitarian disarmament community key questions about how they had adopted and adapted to new ways of work.
The results of the survey and a summary of its findings are available in Lockdown Diplomacy: Reflections and Recommendations from a Humanitarian Disarmament Survey. The report presents reflections on 2020, recommendations for moving forward, and a set of principles to guide future work. It also identifies questions for states, civil society campaigns, implementation support units, and others to consider as the new post-pandemic normal is created.
The survey and report were prepared by the informal Humanitarian Disarmament and COVID-19 working group: Susi Snyder, PAX; Bonnie Docherty, Harvard Law School’s Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative; Camilo Serna and Natalia Morales Campillo, Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas; Jeff Abramson, Forum on Arms Trade; Chris Loughran, The HALO Trust; Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta, Humanity & Inclusion; and Erin Hunt, Mines Action Canada.
The report is available here.