Established in January 1998 the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) was a part of the former Secretary general Kofi Annan’s effort to reform the United Nations. UNODA promotes disarmament through dialogue confidence-building on military matters and regional disarmament efforts. UNODA actively works with other UN bodies such as the General Assembly First Committee and Disarmament Commission also heading various projects in eastern Europe and Central Asia.
UNODA has various regional centres, the Asian center The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) is in Kathmandu, Nepal. These regional centers help the countries create national legislature to ensure disarmament. UNODA also heads efforts to achieve the proliferation of weapons of mass destructions such as nuclear weapons and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty internationally. Overall UNODA is crucial for maintaining the security and stability of the Eastern European and Central Asian region.
Dismantling of Soviet-era ordinance in East Europe
The Question of Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
The question of international nuclear disarmament negotiations