UNODA Spotlight (2011)

3rd Edition of Disarmament: A Basic Guide is Available Online. New Foreword by UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas

20 December 2011

3rd Edition of Disarmament: A Basic Guide is Available Online — New Foreword by UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas

CTBTO to hold an Advanced Course on the verification technologies of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

22 November 2011

CTBTO to hold an Advanced Course on the verification technologies of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). View the lectures through a live streaming video. 28 November to 9 December 2011

Web Videos from CTBTO

27 October 2011

Web Videos from CTBTO

Poetry for Peace Contest

15 September 2011

Enter the Poetry for Peace Contest

— The contest runs through October 14.

The Challenge of Sustaining Progress on Global Nuclear Disarmament

8 August 2011

The Challenge of Sustaining Progress on Global Nuclear Disarmament (PDF) — A speech by High Representative Sergio Duarte to the World Conference Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs in Nagasaki, Japan

Follow-up to the high-level meeting held on 24 September 2010

28 July 2011

Follow-up to the high-level meeting held on 24 September 2010 – Revitalizing the work of the Conference on Disarmament and taking forward multilateral disarmament negotiations

New York 27-29 July 2011

23rd UN-Japan Conference on Disarmament

27 July 2011

Urgent and United Action Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

by Hannelore Hoppe

Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs delivered at the 23rd United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues

23rd UN-Japan Conference on Disarmament

25 July 2011

UN Disarmament Conference to Discuss Actions towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Matsumoto, Japan

27-29 July

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

22 July 2011

Report of the Secretary-General: Work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters — Focus on Revitalizing Disarmament Machinery.

Grosso Calibre

20 July 2011

Grosso Calibre is a new addition to

UNODA’s Disarmament Education Video Library. One of three winners of Oxfam’s 2010 Shooting Poverty competition, the film explores the culture of armed violence in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

Podcast interview with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education

19 July 2011

UNODA presents new podcast interview series, Disarmament Today. Inaugural interview with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education.

Toward a Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction

8 July 2011

Toward a Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction, remarks by High Representative Duarte at EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Seminar

59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament

6 July 2011

59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament, statement by the Secretary-General with addresses to the conference by the High Representative

Disarmament event hosted by UNIDIR

6 July 2011

High Representative Sergio Duarte speaks at Geneva Forum sponsored by UNIDIR in a speech entitled “The Conference on Disarmament: The Ghost in the Machine”

Concept Paper by Randy Rydell

29 June 2011

Senior Political Affairs Officer Randy Rydell delivers new concept paper on the processes, conditions, and stages for a humanitarian approach “to achieve and maintain a world free of nuclear weapons.”

The Secretary-General's message to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

21 June 2011

The Secretary-General’s message to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety (PDF) — Delivered by Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Chad signs action plan to end recruitment and use of children in its national army and security forces

17 June 2011

Chad signs action plan with UN ending use of child soldiers — The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict travelled to Chad this week to witness the signing of an agreement between the Chadian Government and the United Nations.

Achievements and Challenges of the UN Disarmament Machinery

16 June 2011

Achievements and Challenges of the UN Disarmament Machinery (PDF), a speech by Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, delivered at Annual NATO Conference on WMD in Bergen, Norway

Mozambique joins the Biological Weapons Convention

31 May 2011

Mozambique joins the Biological Weapons Convention, bringing the membership of the treaty to 164.

A Global View of the WMD Environment

31 May 2011

A Global View of the WMD Environment (PDF), a speech by

Hannelore Hoppe,

Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Conference on Disarmament Opens Second Part of its 2011 Session

17 May 2011

Conference on Disarmament Opens Second Part of its 2011 Session — Discusses the enlargement of the membership of the conference.

Secretary-General's 10th Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict

11 May 2011

The Secretary-General’s 10th Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict calls for better protection from attacks on schools and hospitals. — Read the full report here (PDF)

April 6th

6 May 2011

Another finalist from the Shooting Poverty competition,

April 6th

is the story of a young widow who became an activist against the human suffering caused by armed violence. This film is a recent addition to UNODA’s Disarmament Education Video Library.

Bang for Your Buck

6 May 2011

A finalist from Oxfam’s Shooting Poverty competition,

Bang for Your Buck examines grenade violence in post-conflict Burundi. This film is a recent addition to UNODA’s Disarmament Education Video Library.

2009 Disarmament Yearbook now available as an eBook

2 May 2011

The 2009 Disarmament Yearbook is now available as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. Also readable on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Versions for Kobo, Sony Reader and iBooks to follow.

Secretary-General salutes Ukraine's role in nuclear disarmament

29 April 2011

Secretary-General salutes Ukraine’s role in nuclear disarmament — Ban Ki-moon also spoke on emergency preparedness and offered concrete steps on enhancing nuclear safety.

Spanish language editorial in El Peruano based on interview with High Representative

26 April 2011

Spanish language editorial in El Peruano based on interview with High Representative. — Auto-translated English version.

Secretary-General's message on the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare

25 April 2011

Secretary-General’s message on the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare (PDF). The Remembrance Day was observed on 29 April.

Statement on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending

11 April 2011

High Representative’s statement on the

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (PDF)

Opening of Mayors for Peace Petition Installation

29 March 2011

Opening of the exhibition of over 1 million petitions from Mayors for Peace in support of Nuclear Disarmament

— The Secretary-General and UN Messenger for Peace Michael Douglas were in attendance. View Video Commissioned for the Event.

Recent Speeches by High Representative Sergio Duarte

29 March 2011

Recent speeches by High Representative Sergio Duarte:

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation:

A Historical Review (PDF) and

Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation:

A Look Ahead (PDF)

Secretary-General Appoints Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan as Director-General, UNOG

22 March 2011

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan Appointed as Director-General, UN Office at Geneva — In this capacity, he will serve as the Secretary-General’s representative to the Conference on Disarmament.

2010 Disarmament Yearbook, Volume 1

15 March 2011

2010 Disarmament Yearbook, Volume 1 – GA Resolutions and Decisions (PDF)

Video of HR Sergio Duarte speaking at UNU forum on the NPT

15 March 2011

High Representative Sergio Duarte speaks at United Nations University forum on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Video)