SGI OUNA, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the UNGA First Committee 2019

2019 UN General Assembly First Committee and Related Activities

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee took place from 7 October to 8 November. Hayley Ramsay-Jones and Anna Ikeda of SGI attended parts of the sessions in October and November. They actively supported the activities of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, both of which SGI is a member of, engaging in conversations with Member States about their positions. 

Ramsay-Jones took part in the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ action activities around New York, where campaigners spoke to members of the public about killer robots. This action activity features in a short promo video for the Campaign.

In addition, Ramsay-Jones attended the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum (HDF), which was held on 19-20 October at the Church Center for the UN, convened by Campana Colombiana and co-sponsored by SGI and others. She was also invited to attend the Disability Rights Advocates Gala, held in New York on 21 October, due to her work in the area of intersectionality. She was asked to promote the humanitarian disarmament perspective at the Gala and represent the different disarmament campaigns present at the HDF, connecting disability issues to disarmament.

Ikeda focused on bilateral discussions with delegates attending the First Committee and promoted resolutions L.12 “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” and L.13 “Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons,” which ICAN supported. Both resolutions passed, and some new co-sponsors were added this year. The First Committee this year also adopted a resolution on “Youth, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation” (L. 48), tabled by South Korea, without vote.

[Photo Credit: Campaign to Stop Killer Robots]