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Young experts and senior leaders discuss advancing the youth, non-proliferation, and disarmament agenda in series of side-events to the NPT Review Conference

On 2 August 2022, young people across the world gathered online to share their perspectives on advancing the youth, non-proliferation, and disarmament agenda during two side-events to the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Educators and experts from Japan discuss ways to unlocking the full potential of disarmament and non-proliferation education.

Educators and experts are the keys to help young people and the general public think critically about the dangers of weapons of mass destruction, illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, and military arms races. Effective and accessible disarmament and nonproliferation education (DNPE) means providing resources and support to educators and experts as well as students.

Exploring the future of youth in disarmament in the Vienna Conversation Series Podcast

As a new addition to its Vienna Conversation Series, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Vienna Office released a podcast entitled “Where next for youth in disarmament?”. This roundtable-style event aimed to engage youth in a dynamic exchange of views to raise awareness of disarmament’s centrality in addressing global challenges and to amplify fresh thinking on the future vision for disarmament in an era of uncertainty.

UNODA and IAEA host webinar on the role of nuclear and radiological safety in the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology ahead of the 10th NPT Review Conference

On 7 July, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized a webinar on the role of nuclear and radiological safety in the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology as the final webinar on the pillars of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) (disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy). 

2022 GGE on UN Register on Conventional Arms concludes work with forward-looking recommendations to promote participation, relevance, and continuing operation of the Register

The 2022 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA) concluded its work in Geneva on 17 June, providing a series of recommendations to ensure the relevance of this important transparency and confidence-building instrument. Of particular note, the GGE:

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The main units of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

UNODA provides substantive support in the area of the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological weapons). It supports and participates in multilateral efforts to strengthen the non-proliferation of WMD and in this connection cooperates with the relevant intergovernmental organizations and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, in particular the IAEA, the OPCW and the CTBTO PrepCom, in addition to supporting relevant multilateral treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Biological Weapons Convention.

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Conventional Arms

Conventional arms are weapons other than weapons of mass destruction. They are the most commonly known and widely used weapons in conflict and crime settings and encompass a wide range of equipment, including battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), attack helicopters, warships, missile and missile launchers, landmines, cluster munitions, small arms, and lights weapons and ammunition.

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Regional Disarmament, Information and Outreach

The Regional Disarmament Branch (RDB) is the operational arm of UNODA at the regional, subregional and national levels. The branch serves over 135 countries and comprises a New York-based office as well as three UN Regional Centres for Peace and Disarmament:

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Transparency and Confidence-building

Confidence building measures are meant to prevent or reduce the occurrence of ambiguities and suspicions to improve international cooperation in disarmament and arms control.

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Other Disarmament Issues

Other disarmament issues include UNODA’s work in education, youth, gender, multilateralism, information security and outer space, among other areas.

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