Studies mandated by General Assembly Resolutions have given a deeper meaning to disarmament-related concepts and have often supported emerging or ongoing disarmament negotiations. With the assistance of governmental experts, appointed by the Secretary-General on the basis of equitable geographical distribution, they reflect a wide range of expertise and political views. Since 1981, thirty-four expert groups have examined topics as diverse as nuclear and conventional weapons, missiles in all its aspects, disarmament and development, the climatic and global effects of nuclear war, the role of the United Nations in the field of verification, and disarmament and non-proliferation education. Some studies have been considered a second and third time. (A list of studies carried out by the Secretary-General and published by the Department of Disarmament Affairs in the blue book series is reproduced in annex I of this chapter.)1
As focal point for disarmament and non-proliferation education (DNP) and pursuant to resolution 59/93 of 3 December 2004, DDA submitted a biennial report to the sixty-first session of the General Assembly on the implementation of the recommendations of the UN study on the topic.2 This chapter contains a selection of the activities carried out in 2005. The Department also continued to administer its largest annual training programme - the United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services - and awarded fellowships to thirty officials this year. (A detailed discussion of the programme is given in chapter VI.)
The Department carried out its Information Programme in the priority areas of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons.3 The Programme published print and electronic versions of The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, the latter available on its web site, disarmament.un.org, and one issue of its Occasional Paper series. Its web site has grown exponentially in content and has become a parliamentary tool for conference participants and a reference source for UN documents and statements, including web casts.
DDA cooperated with other United Nations offices and disarmament-related organizations in their information and education efforts, particularly with the Department of Public Information (DPI). For its part, DPI highlighted disarmament and arms control issues, especially nuclear weapons and small arms and light weapons (SALW), in print, on the Internet, in film, television and radio, using its large network of worldwide information centres, along with its outreach capacity.
DDA also continued to facilitate participation by civil society organizations in disarmament-related meetings and conferences and collaborated closely with coalitions of NGOs that spearhead a large number of those organizations.
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) maintained its research programme in the areas of global security and disarmament; regional security and disarmament; and human security and disarmament. On 23 November, the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary, and as part of its project "Disarmament as humanitarian action: Making multilateral negotiations work", the Institute organized a commemorative debate in which leading experts considered the notion that "human security should be the fundamental basis for multilateral disarmament and arms control negotiations".4 (See the UNIDIR section of this chapter.)
By resolution 58/32 of 8 December 2003, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to consider existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security and possible cooperative measures to address them with the assistance of a group of governmental experts (GGE), and to report on the study's outcome to the sixtieth session of the General Assembly. The Group, however, concluded its work without agreement on a substantive report. For a discussion of the Group's work, see chapter VI. The composition of the GGE appears in annex II of this chapter.
By resolution 59/60 of 3 December 2004 on the above subject, the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a panel of governmental experts to be established in 2006 on the basis of equitable geographic distribution, was requested to explore the question of verification in all its aspects, including the role of the United Nations in that field, and to transmit the panel's report to the General Assembly for consideration at its sixty-first session. The Panel will hold three sessions in 2006 - 30 January to 3 February (New York), 8 to 12 May (Geneva), and 7 to 11 August (New York).
On 20 October, prior to the first session of the Panel, DDA and the Government of Canada hosted a panel discussion on Verifying disarmament and non-proliferation agreements tDDAy, to explore issues outside the normal range of thinking and to begin an informal "scoping exercise" on the subject. (See annex III of this chapter for the list of presentations made.)5
By resolution 60/45 of 8 December, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General with the assistance of a group of governmental experts, to be established in 2009 on the basis of equitable geographical distribution, to continue to study existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security, possible cooperative measures to address them, and relevant international concepts aimed at strengthening the security of global information and telecommunications systems. The GGE will also submit a report on the results of this study to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session. The Group would hold one organizational session in Geneva in 2009 and three substantive sessions in New York in 2010. For the resolution and voting, see chapter VI.
By resolution 60/81 of 8 December, the General Assembly decided to establish a group of governmental experts, appointed by the Secretary-General on the basis of equitable geographical representation, commencing after the review conference in 2006, and no later than 2007, to consider further steps to enhance international cooperation in preventing, combating and eradicating illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons in three sessions of one week's duration each, and to submit its report to the General Assembly at its sixty-second session. The GGE is expected to hold three sessions - from 27 November to 1 December 2006 (Geneva) and 19 to 23 March 2007 and 4 to 8 June 2007 (New York). For the discussion of the resolution and the voting, see chapter IV.
By resolution 60/226 of 23 December, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a group of governmental experts to be convened in 2006, within available resources, on the basis of equitable geographical representation, to prepare a report on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development. To that end, the GGE will take into account the work of the Conference on Disarmament, the views expressed by Member States and the reports of the Secretary-General on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development, with a view to taking a decision at its sixty-first session. The Group will hold three sessions in New York, from 27 February to 3 March, 8 to 12 May and 17 to 28 July. For the discussion of the Register of Conventional Arms, the resolution and voting, see chapter IV.
By resolution 59/93, the Secretary-General was requested to report on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2002 United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education (DNP).6 This section provides a selection of activities carried out in 2005 and brought to the attention of the Department by governments, UN organizations and agencies and civil society.7 The relevant recommendations made in the UN Study are reproduced in full for ease of reference.
Recommendation 1. Member States are encouraged to accord importance to disarmament and non-proliferation education and training in their programmes and policies, consistent with their national legislation and practices, taking into account present and future trends. They are also encouraged to use, designate or establish public advisory bodies, where appropriate, whose responsibilities include advising on disarmament and non-proliferation education and training practices. Member States are encouraged to share their experience in disarmament and non-proliferation education and training with other Member States, international organizations, civil society and DDA.
Recommendation 13. Member States, in cooperation with the United Nations and relevant international organizations, are encouraged to sponsor training, fellowships, and awareness programmes, on as wide a geographical basis as possible, for researchers, engineers, scientists and other academics in areas of particular relevance, but not limited to treaties and agreements on weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. They are also encouraged to give special emphasis to training customs, licensing and law enforcement officers for the purpose of fulfilling international obligations of Member States in the disarmament and non-proliferation fields.
Recommendation 28. Member States are encouraged to ensure that their military staff colleges include disarmament and non-proliferation elements in their curricula.
Bangladesh: Lectures on DNP topics at higher military training institutions related to a conceptual understanding of DNP among commanders and senior officers, raising awareness at that level. A wide institutional DNP education has not yet been imparted on a regular basis at lower levels (Recommendations 1, 13, 28).
Bolivia: Courses, workshops and seminars in order to disseminate information on disarmament processes and Bolivia's role in their implementation for various sectors of civil society, including the academic community, educational institutions, researchers and experts, parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, government institutions, NGOs, the media and others (Recommendations 13 and 28).
Recommendation 20. The United Nations, relevant international organizations, Member States, and corporate and private donors are encouraged to provide assistance, including funds, educational material and equipment to NGOs in different regions of the world and to universities to establish or expand their disarmament and non-proliferation libraries with free and open public access to their resources. Member States should be encouraged to fund research institutes that focus on disarmament and non-proliferation and offer scholarships for advanced university students to carry out research on disarmament and non-proliferation and its pedagogy. The United Nations should make greater efforts to tap the financial resources of private enterprises in the fields of information and communications technology.
Canada: Courses by the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation treaties concerned with weapons of mass destruction, and research on how treaty compliance is monitored and verified and the methods for encouraging, facilitating and enforcing compliance (Recommendations 13 and 20.)
Japan: A two-day seminar on disarmament and non-proliferation at the Centre for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Japan, in September 2005, to deepen understanding on recent DNP trends, for those considering future work in this field (Recommendation 13.)
Recommendation 14. DDA, in cooperation with UNU and UPEACE, should be encouraged to organize a programme of training for educators and trainers in disarmament and non-proliferation. These programmes may be implemented cooperatively with international organizations such as IAEA, OPCW and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
Mauritius: A "train the trainers" programme in DNP education (Recommendation 14.)
Recommendation 31. Member States are encouraged to designate a focal point for disarmament and non-proliferation education and training and to inform the Department of Disarmament Affairs on steps taken to implement the recommendations contained in the present report.
New Zealand: Designation of the Disarmament Division of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as focal point for DNP education and training (Recommendation 31.)
Recommendation 33. Member States and the Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs are encouraged to include in their remarks to the First Committee of the General Assembly information on the results of the implementation of the recommendations in this study.
In a first of its kind and with the approval of the First Committee, its Chairman, Ambassador Choi (Republic of Korea) invited two disarmament educators to make presentations to a formal session of the Committee on 21 October 2005: one on a classroom demonstration of the firepower of the current nuclear arsenals;8 the other a detailed curriculum on small arms and human rights created by teachers in training, aimed at high school and early university students. (Recommendations 1 and 33.)
2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
A working paper entitled "Consideration of DNP education", presented by Main Committee I" was presented by Egypt, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland and Sweden.9 (Recommendations 1, 13 and 31.)
Conference of States Parties and Signatories to Treaties that Establish Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones, Mexico City, 26 to 28 April 2005
Participating States parties or signatories to the Treaties of Tlatelolco, Rarotonga, Bangkok and Pelindaba adopted a Declaration of the Conference of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones, which included a provision on DNP education.10 (Recommendations 1 and 13.)
Recommendation 6. DDA should examine, accumulate and make public and easily accessible the different disarmament and non-proliferation curricula and programmes that States have developed for their formal school systems and university courses as well as for informal training.
CNS offers the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies, awarded by the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies - the only one of its kind in the United States of America. (Recommendation 6).
The university has entered an agreement with OPANAL concerning cooperation on developing disarmament study programmes and information sharing. (Recommendations 1 and 14).
Recommendation 3. The United Nations and other international organizations should translate its disarmament and non-proliferation educational material and publications into all United Nations official languages and, when possible, into other languages for additional dissemination. Upon request by the United Nations or relevant international organizations, Member States, academic and research institutions and NGOs are encouraged to support or assist in translating relevant materials.
Recommendation 4. The United Nations and other international organizations should increase their capacities to disseminate disarmament and non-proliferation education-related materials (print and audio-visual) more widely to all regions of the world. While strengthening existing distribution channels, they should explore new ones, such as cooperation with educational networks, teachers unions and curriculum committees as well as electronic access. Member States, local academic institutions, research centres and NGOs are also encouraged to assist in dissemination efforts. As it is essential to reach the local community level, channels of dissemination such as school libraries, gathering places, radio and television are highly recommended.
Recommendation 22. Regional organizations, academic institutions and NGOs are encouraged to develop and disseminate material online in languages other than English.
ESR-Metro supported youth activism on nuclear issues through its New York-based youth group Students against Nuclear Insanity for Tomorrow's Youth (SANITY).11 (Recommendations 3, 4, 7, 17, 22 and 23).
Recommendation 10. Municipal leaders, working with citizen groups, are encouraged to establish peace cities, as part of the UNESCO Cities for Peace network, through, for example, the creation of peace museums, peace parks, web sites and the production of booklets on peacemakers and peacemaking.
Recommendation 27. International organizations, regional organi-zations and representatives of civil society, where appropriate, are encouraged to include disarmament education and training in their programmes in post-conflict situations.
In 2005, Peace Boat voyages included a general on-board education programme, partly devoted to disarmament education units, comprising intensive peace and sustainability studies, and on-land education, including landmine abolition and advocacy outreach to primary schools, fund-raising and cooperative visits to Cambodia (recommendations 3, 4, 7, 10, 17, 23 and 27).12
Produced a film called The Last Atomic Bomb which commemorated the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki in 1945 and profiled the story of a ten-year old survivor.13 (Recommendations 3,4, 7,10, 17, 23 and 27).
Hosted two young filmmakers who presented their film Genie in a Bottle at the United Nations during the 2005 NPT Review Conference.14 (Recommendations 3,4,7, 10, 17, 23 and 27).
Recommendation 5. DDA should gather information about the involvement of regional and intergovernmental organizations in disarmament and non-proliferation education, training and data collection activities. The Department should examine ways to foster an exchange of experiences and regional perspectives to facilitate the development of disarmament and non-proliferation education programmes.
Recommendation 17. The United Nations, relevant international organizations, Member States, NGOs and research institutes should develop and strengthen programmes, workshops, fellowships and materials on disarmament and non-proliferation topics for journalists and media representatives in order to enhance their knowledge of these issues. Special attention should be paid to the development of programmes and materials designed for local media in post-conflict situations, as essential partners in the disarmament and non-proliferation education process.
DDA and The Hague Appeal for Peace completed their joint two-year Peace and Disarmament Education Project at the end of January 2005. Its goal was to "disarm the minds" of young people and sustain small arms collection initiatives through peace education in high schools, in four countries on four continents - Albania, Cambodia, Niger and Peru. A book summarizing the main achievements of the four projects and giving guidelines for the replication of such projects was published in June 2005.15 (Recommendations 5, 13 and 17.)
Recommendation 18. Disarmament and non-proliferation educational materials developed by the United Nations, such as the Cyberschoolbus web site, should include complementary material on how parents can encourage attitudes of peace and non-violence. Efforts should also be made by educators, parents and the business community to devise and produce toys, computer games and videos that engender such attitudes.
DDA and the Global Teaching and Learning Project Unit of DPI are collaborating on a project to create a disarmament component on the UN Cyberschoolbus web site, which will have a dual portal: a multimedia curriculum for use by educators to engage students in DNP issues from an international perspective, and an entrance platform for students working independently. (Recommendation 18.)
Recommendation 27. International organizations, regional organizations and representatives of civil society, where appropriate, are encouraged to include disarmament education and training in their programmes in post-conflict situations.
In support of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, UNIDIR is working on including women in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration processes through better research, training and education to further the objectives of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security. (Recommendation 27.)
Adoption of resolution CG 479 on Education for Peace, Disarmament and Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the XIX Regular Session, (Santiago, (November 2005), specifically efforts by the OPANAL Secretary-General to disseminate the Treaty of Tlatelolco in the media and academic institutions.16 (Recommendations 13 and 31).
Recommendation 7. UNU and UPEACE are encouraged to develop intensive postgraduate and other courses on disarmament and non-proliferation for representatives of all regions of the world, including government officials, legislators, military officers, NGOs, the media and students, working in cooperation with academic and non-governmental institutions that have expertise in designing and implementing such courses. UPEACE, in coordination with the DDA, may wish to host seminars and workshops as well as to develop model university and school material.
Recommendation 21. Organizations of the United Nations system and other relevant international organizations are encouraged to promote and provide financial support for disarmament and non-proliferation education and training using such techniques as distance learning, the Internet, and videoconferencing as well as cost-efficient and cost-effective media such as CD-ROMs.
Recommendation 23. Educators should consider a full range of pedagogical methods for inclusion in any educational material. In addition to computer-based learning, model United Nations programmes, other role-playing and simulation games, videos, film, dance, song, theatre, puppetry, poetry, photography, origami, visual art and creative writing, to name a few, are all useful methods. Special emphasis should be given to participatory learning approaches that can be applied to a wide variety of disarmament and non-proliferation problems and audiences.
University for Peace developed the Sharing Knowledge for Peace programme, which provides global access to instructors, students and learners in institutions around the world. (Recommendations 13 and 14, 21 and 23).
Pursuant to resolution 59/103, the Secretary-General was requested to report on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme (UNDIP or the Programme) in 2006.17 The Department submitted a biennial report on the implementation of the activities of the Programme by the United Nations system. The report provided an overview of activities carried out by DDA in the priority areas of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons. In addition, it encompassed other areas of UNDIP such as its information resources, including publications programme, web site, exhibits and the activities of the Secretary-General's Messenger of Peace; information activities; cooperation with civil society, especially NGOs and the activities of DPI, which administers the Programme in close collaboration with DDA on information campaigns that support major disarmament-related events and conferences.
Following the results of the 2002/2003 survey, in October, DDA launched its first online version of The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, the 2004 edition, together with the 2002 and 2003 archival editions in English. The e-Yearbook is in html format and features full-text search, index search, navigation mechanisms and is accessible through the DDA web site disarmament.un.org. As an integral part of this effort, the site was enhanced with a user registration facility, which has enabled the Department to create sections with restricted access, such as web sites servicing groups of government experts. Since its launch, the system has registered 301 users. Occasional Paper No. 10, on Verifying Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Agreements TDDAy was issued based on the presentations of four well-known personalities in the field of verification at a panel discussion organized by the Department in October 2005. The publication is issued in English only, disseminated for free and accessed on the Department's web site. The annual Resolutions and Decisions booklet of the Sixtieth Session of the General Assembly was also published and disseminated. (For a list of the Department's publications, see annex IV.)
Having discontinued the Disarmament Update, DDA embarked on an electronic version of that publication in 2005, however, the Department produced only one version that year. A new electronic-only format entitled Disarmament Update: News Links, a one-page e-publication highlighting the Department's recent events and activities, will replace the latter publication and will be launched next year on a quarterly basis.
The Department's web site receives many daily visitors and provides valuable disarmament and non-proliferation information to a global audience 24 hours/day. The following table provides basic statistical information regarding its traffic volume:
Visitors (total): number of persons who visited the site at least once (multiple visits count as one).
Repeat visitors: number of individuals who visited the site more than once during the reporting period.
The total user time indicated that, on average, at any given time, there were at least two visitors viewing the site; that the top twenty users spent a combined total of sixty-one days accessing the site; and that the heaviest users came from the government offices dealing with foreign affairs of Australia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. A high volume of traffic also emanated from the academic community and NGOs.
With respect to geographic origin, the highest concentration came from the United States (60 per cent), with 201 other countries, territories and possessions, following. In order of usage, the highest users came from Switzerland, China, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan, India and Italy.
The most frequently visited areas were the Status of Treaties, Disarmament Resolutions and Decisions and Register of Conventional Arms databases, pages on conventional arms, weapons of mass destruction, status of the Mine Ban Convention, the DDA Library as well as the pages related to the 1540 Committee.
The statistical information showed the sustained global interest in disarmament matters as well as the ability of the web site to provide a wealth of resources to satisfy that interest.
Although challenges related to expanding the multilingual feature of the web site persist, when documentation exists in the six official UN languages, those texts are posted quickly and easily. With respect to the 2005 NPT Review Conference, financing was available and thus DDA maintained the English version of the web sites, while DPI created and maintained web sites in the five other official languages.
DDA continued to work closely with coalition NGOs such as Reaching Critical Will and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) to facilitate the participation of representatives of civil society organizations at meetings such as the 2005 NPT Review Conference and the second Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) on SALW. At both Conferences, the Department cooperated with these umbrella groups, as well as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, to facilitate a number of stimulating panel discussions.
During the 2005 NPT Review Conference, the presence of the hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings) and the events organized by the global organization, Mayors for Peace, lent the gathering a moral presence and wide civil society support for disarmament and non-proliferation. Hidankyo, an organization of hibakusha, displayed two exhibits facilitated by the Department, at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference and the Review Conference. In light of their advanced years and health, these aging survivors were aware that this might be their last opportunity at an NPT Review Conference to bear living witness to the horror of the use of nuclear weapons. Video projections chronicling their stories formed part of the exhibits and hundreds of paper cranes, the popular symbol of peace and human survival after the dropping of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, were folded and distributed to visitors during the month-long period. The Mayors for Peace, an organization of worldwide city leaders headed by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, led a delegation to the Review Conference calling for disarmament and an end to proliferation, addressing the plenary and side events and actively participating in three days of activities in support of the NPT.
During the year, DPI focused on the promotion and coverage of major conferences in the area of nuclear weapons and the illicit trade in SALW. Overall, its activities included public information campaigns, radio and television broadcasts, web casts and printed material. In the nuclear field, it collaborated closely with DDA on the 2005 NPT Review Conference and its preparatory process and the 2005 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. In the conventional field, it worked closely with DDA at the second Biennial Meeting of States on the PoA to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy, in all official languages, that would comprise a multifaceted web site and, through its worldwide network of information centres, would call attention to the dangers associated with the illicit trade in SALW and raise awareness of the progress made by the United Nations and its Member States in the implementation of the PoA.
In the realm of radio and television the UN in Action series continued to highlight disarmament and demobilization programmes in the context of UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts, such as the 2005 story on SALW, Surviving Rebel Abduction in Uganda.
On 21 September, Michael Douglas participated in a full day of activities to commemorate the International Day of Peace that included meetings and briefings with senior Secretariat officials and a press conference on aspects of the reform measures adopted by the 2005 World Summit.
In a note to the General Assembly, the Secretary-General transmitted the report of the Director of UNIDIR covering its activities for the period August 2004 to July 2005 and the proposed programme of work and estimated budget for 2005 and 2006 for consideration by the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, acting as the Board of Trustees of the Institute at its forty-fifth session.18
The Institute's research programme focused on global security and disarmament; regional security and disarmament; and human security and disarmament, thus addressing the full range of substantive disarmament issues from small arms to weapons in space. In that respect, its activities included a seminar series on nuclear disarmament; another on "Eliminating weapons of mass destruction: Prospects for effective international verification", and a day of NPT round-table consultations in preparation for the Review Conference. Turning to biological and conventional weapons, the Institute co-sponsored an international seminar on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Protocol and hosted a two-day workshop on Safeguarding space security: Prevention of an arms race in outer space.
Its regional security and disarmament research included a project to study planning for crisis management and peacebuilding by the European Union and the United Nations, focusing on best practices and inter-institutional learning. It also conducted research on specific issues relevant to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and North-East Asia.
Human security and disarmament research involved capacity-building for implementing the UN PoA on SALW, specifically the development of the country profiles section of the Coordinating Action for Small Arms (CASA) database development project. Its "Disarmament as humanitarian action" project is currently analyzing and comparing different negotiating processes, reframing multilateral disarmament negotiation actions in humanitarian terms and formulating practical proposals to apply humanitarian concepts to assist disarmament negotiators.
UNIDIR celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary on 23 November. By resolution 60/89 of 8 December entitled "Twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research", the General Assembly recognized the importance, timeliness and high quality of the Institute's work and appealed to Member States to continue providing their financial support. A list of UNIDIR publications appears in annex V of this chapter. (The discussion of resolution 60/89 follows in the General Assembly section.)
Twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. The draft resolution was introduced by France, on behalf of the sponsors (see page 15 for the sponsors), on 19 October. It was adopted without a vote by the First Committee on 25 October and by the General Assembly on 8 December. For the text of the resolution, see pages 84.
The resolution recommended that the Secretary-General implement the relevant recommendations of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and the decisions of the UNIDIR Board of Trustees regarding a number of tasks, including funding the Institute from the regular UN budget, establishing specific posts for the Institute's core functions, and continuing to seek ways to increase the Institute's funding, within existing resources.
Before the vote, India said that it would support the draft resolution and that its adoption by the First Committee and the General Assembly would be a reaffirmation of the Institute's value to the global disarmament community.
Speaking after the vote, Japan said that it continued to fully cooperate with and support the Institute's work, but that careful attention should be given to the implementation of the OIOS recommendations as well as the decisions of the Board of Trustees.
Regional Perspectives series:
- Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) Mechanism (English)
- Chemical Weapons Regional Assistance and Protection Network (CW-RAPN) concept paper (Spanish)
- TCI (Small arms and light weapons: Transfer Control Initiative) (English/Spanish)
- Regional Public Security Training Centre (TREINASP) (Spanish)
- Training the Trainers: Three Phases (English)
- Peruvian Amnesty Campaign on firearms, ammunition and explosives published for the Main Directorate of Control of Services of Security, Arms Control, Ammunition and Explosives of Civil Use (DICSCAMEC) (Spanish)
- Rediscovering our 28th July (Spanish)20
- Rediscovering our 28th July (Spanish)
No. 1 Science, technology and the CBW regimes
No. 2 North-East Asian Security
No. 3 Investing in Security
No. 4 Taking Action on Small Arms
20Rediscovering our 28th July is an initiative of the NGO, Transparency Civil Association, within the framework of The PeaceMaker project under UNLiRECs Peace and Disarmament Education Programme. Its goal is to rediscover artistic and folkloric values during celebrations of Peru's national holiday on 28 July.