Working Group on Disarmament and Non-proliferation

In the early 1990s the UN began to pay more attention to the need to involve regional organisations in the pursuit of peace and security.  As a result, since 1994, there have been seven high-level meetings between the UN and regional organisations and other intergovernmental organisations convened by the Secretary-General.  In 2004 six working groups were formed to support the high-level meetings, including the Working Group on disarmament and non-proliferation, led by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA).

The Working Group

Most recently, in cooperation with the OSCE Secretariat, ODA convened a meeting of the Working Group in Vienna on 3 July 2007. Representatives from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), League of Arab States (LAS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and UN Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) participated in the meeting. International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) contributed background papers. 

The Working Group made a number of practical recommendations aimed at further strengthening coordination and cooperation among its member organizations on three specific issues: (i) promoting multilateral instruments related to disarmament and non-proliferation; (ii) prevention of WMD terrorism; and (iii) small arms and light weapons (SALW). [Report of 2007 Working Group]