Confidence-building measures (CBMs) are planned procedures to prevent hostilities, to avert escalation, to reduce military tension, and to build mutual trust between countries. They have been applied since the dawn of civilization, on all continents.
At present, too few military CBMs are in place. Many regions lack even the most basic military CBMs.
Each country is in a unique strategic environment. Military CBMs can be tailored to the security needs of any country or region.
Information on CBMs in the field of conventional arms
UN system links
- Military expenditures
- Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA)
- Repository of military CBMs
- CBMs in Outer space
- CBMs in BWC
The United Nations can assist
The key to effective CBMs is the quality of the procedures underpinning them. The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs stands ready to assist governments and regional organizations in developing bilateral or regional military CBMs tailored to the situation.