Disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services, 2004
The Department continued to provide training for young diplomats, especially from developing countries, through the United Nations fellowship, training and advisory services programme.1
In 2004, fellowships were awarded to young diplomats from 30 Member States.2
The Programme continued to be structured in three segments: a study session in Geneva; study visits to intergovernmental organizations working in the field of disarmament and to Member States, at their invitation; and a study session at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Programme began on 30 August in Geneva and ended on 3 November in New York. It encompassed lectures by heads of delegations to the Conference on Disarmament and to the First Committee, presidents of various arms control and disarmament conferences and meetings, United Nations officials, including senior DDA officials, and the representative of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. The fellows also attended meetings of the Conference on Disarmament and First Committee meetings. At United Nations Headquarters, the fellows participated in a two-day seminar on non-proliferation and disarmament issues organized by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. During the programme, the fellows wrote research papers on disarmament-related topics, including disarmament issues that were on the agenda of the General Assembly.
Study visits included those to the OPCW in The Hague, the IAEA and the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO in Vienna. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany hosted the fellows in Berlin where they were briefed by, and held a round-table discussion with, senior officials and experts of the Department of Disarmament and Arms Control of the Federal Foreign Office, Head of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee for Arms Control and Disarmament, and representatives of the German Council on Foreign Relations. The fellows also visited the Nammo Buck GmbH conversion plant. At the invitation of the Government of Japan, the fellows visited Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. In Tokyo, the fellows were briefed by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Japan's arms control and disarmament policies. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fellows visited memorial museums at the atomic bomb hypocentres, met with survivors and heard lectures on the social and medical legacies of atomic bombing. Furthermore, the fellows took part in a seminar with researchers of the Hiroshima Peace Institute.
At its 59th session, the General Assembly had before it a report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services.3
In his report, the Secretary-General stated, inter alia
, that since 1979 the Programme had trained 645 officials from 152 States, many of whom held positions of responsibility in the field of disarmament within their own Governments. The Secretary-General was gratified that the Programme continued to contribute to enhancing disarmament expertise in Member States, particularly in developing countries, and to developing greater awareness of the importance and benefits of disarmament. The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciation to all Member States and organizations that had consistently supported the Programme throughout the years, thereby contributing to its success, particularly to the Governments of Germany and Japan for the continuation of study visits for the fellows.
Following the consideration of the report, the General Assembly adopted, without a vote, resolution 59/97, entitled "United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services". For the resolution, see the General Assembly section of this chapter.
The Programme was established in 1979 as a follow-up to a decision of the General Assembly at its tenth special session in 1978 (A/RES/S-10/2, para. 108).
Argentina, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Sierra Leone (later resigned), Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zambia.