The humanitarian disarmament community has undertaken a variety of cross-cutting initiatives that respond to current events or timely topics. Such initiatives have shed new light on these issues by examining them holistically rather than through the lens of a single campaign. They have also brought together advocates from different campaigns and experts beyond disarmament.
This website has provided a forum for several such initiatives. For more information, see (in reverse chronological order):
Ukraine War and Disarmament Resources
The Ukraine War and Disarmament Resources page gathers resources that address humanitarian disarmament issues in the context of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The sources, primarily from civil society and international organizations, are divided into reports on the use, effects, or transfers of weapons, and statements and commentaries.
Open Letter on Incendiary Weapons from Healthcare Professionals and Burn Survivor Organizations
The Open Letter on Incendiary Weapons from Healthcare Professionals and Burn Survivor Organizations calls on governments to strengthen international law on incendiary weapons in order to prevent the unacceptable human suffering they inflict. The letter, part of the growing global movement to demand action in this area, is open for signature by healthcare professionals and burn survivor organizations.
COVID-19 and Disarmament
The COVID-19 and Disarmament page explores how the humanitarian disarmament community has examined the intersection of their field and COVID-19. While the pandemic has increased the challenges faced by conflict survivors and interfered with diplomatic processes, humanitarian disarmament’s innovative tools can be applied to the current situation and its people-centered principles can help guide the way to an improved post-pandemic world.