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UNODA and the Kyrgyz Republic prepare for peer review exercise on the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention

On 12 – 14 October 2021, the UNODA Geneva Branch, the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention(BWC) and a delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic held a three-day preparatory meeting in Geneva to discuss a forthcoming peer review exercise, which will be conducted in the framework of European Union Council Decision 2019/97 in support of the BWC.

Young industry practitioners discuss how to innovate responsibly

Young engineers and innovators working for Vodafone joined two UN-led online workshops over the first two weeks of September to engage in discussions and activities on how decisions in the development of emerging technologies could have an impact for global peace and security, and sustainable development.  

UNODA and Sudan launch National Preparedness Programme in the framework of EU Council Decision 2019/97 in support of the Biological Weapons Convention

On 17 and 18 August 2021, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) convened a two-day virtual introductory workshop on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and its Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for Sudanese authorities. 

Disarmament Web Talks webinar: Stories from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On 27 August, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in Vienna hosted a webinar titled "Stories from Hiroshima and Nagasaki". Part of the Disarmament Web Talk Series, the two-part webinar provided a platform for discussions between participants and experts from academia, civil society and international organizations.

UNODA and Mali hold workshop on Confidence-Building Measures under the Biological Weapons Convention

On 23 August 2021, the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the Malian Directorate of Military Engineering in its capacity as the BWC National Focal Point, and the Malian National Institute of Public Health (INSP) co-hosted an online workshop on Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) under the BWC.  

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The main units of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

UNODA provides substantive support in the area of the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological weapons). It supports and participates in multilateral efforts to strengthen the non-proliferation of WMD and in this connection cooperates with the relevant intergovernmental organizations and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, in particular the IAEA, the OPCW and the CTBTO PrepCom, in addition to supporting relevant multilateral treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Biological Weapons Convention.

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Conventional Arms

Conventional arms are weapons other than weapons of mass destruction. They are the most commonly known and widely used weapons in conflict and crime settings and encompass a wide range of equipment, including battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), attack helicopters, warships, missile and missile launchers, landmines, cluster munitions, small arms, and lights weapons and ammunition.

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Regional Disarmament, Information and Outreach

The Regional Disarmament Branch (RDB) is the operational arm of UNODA at the regional, subregional and national levels. The branch serves over 135 countries and comprises a New York-based office as well as three UN Regional Centres for Peace and Disarmament:

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Transparency and Confidence-building

Confidence building measures are meant to prevent or reduce the occurrence of ambiguities and suspicions to improve international cooperation in disarmament and arms control.

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Other Disarmament Issues

Other disarmament issues include UNODA’s work in education, youth, gender, multilateralism, information security and outer space, among other areas.

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