UNODA

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

Committee Description

Established in January 1998, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) promotes disarmament through dialogue, confidence-building on military matters, and regional disarmament efforts. The Office for Disarmament Affairs also supports multilateral efforts aimed at achieving the ultimate goal of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. UNODA actively works with other UN bodies such as the General Assembly First Committee and Disarmament Commission also heading various projects in Europe and Central Asia.

In Europe and Central Asia, UNODA offers Member States to reach a consensus on multilateral agreements, intergovernmental institutions, agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, particularly non-governmental organizations, the media, and the general public accurate, impartial, and up-to-date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities. In particular, it tackles the issue of illegal possession of weapons, endeavoring to help in the adoption of guidelines and proposals for regional disarmament strategies, encourages proactive disarmament strategies like communication, transparency, and address the issue of spillover terrorism acts in Central Asia.

Agenda

Combatting the illegal posession and misuse of weapons of small arms and light weapons in the Balkans

Advancing the expansion of the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone

Addressing the issue of terrorism-arms-crime nexus in Central Asia