WILPF Statement to the Conference on Disarmament on International Women’s Day 2015

16 March 2015

After covering the work of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) for decades, WILPF finally decided that after 17 years of inaction, it is time to focus our time and energy on other more promising forums and initiatives.

In our statement to the CD, we noted that the CD is a body that has firmly established that it operates in a vacuum. That it is disconnected from the outside world. That it has lost perspective of the bigger picture of human suffering and global injustice. Maintaining the structures that reinforce deadlock has become more important than fulfilling the objective for which it was created—negotiating disarmament treaties. Should the CD begin to work again in the future, we will happily pick up where we left off. 

Read the full statement.