UN Institute for Disarmament Research

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Institute for Disarmament Research United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Organization type Research facility of the UN
Abbreviation UNIDIR
management Renata Dwan since 2018 Ireland
status active
Founded 1980
Headquarters Geneva Switzerland
Upper organization UN General Assembly

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research ( German : United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research ) ( UNIDIR ) is a United Nations research institution in the field of security and arms control based in Geneva .


The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) was founded in 1980 by the UN General Assembly to inform states and the world community on issues of international security ( Chapter I of the Charter of the United Nations ), to support efforts towards disarmament and to make progress to more security and to facilitate economic and social development for all.

Recognizing the need for objective, empirical and comprehensive research into disarmament and security, the UN General Assembly stipulated that UNIDIR should be an autonomous unit in the United Nations system and that its work can thus be carried out with scientific independence. The director of UNIDIR reports every year to the UN General Assembly on the institute's activities.

UNIDIR is headquartered in Geneva , the international center for security and disarmament, the location of the UN Conference on Disarmament (UNCD) and a global focus for humanitarian issues such as human rights, displacement, migration, health and work.

UNIDIR's work is funded by contributions from governments and foundations.

Research areas

In 2018, the UNIDIR Board of Trustees decided on the following research agenda for the period up to 2020:

  • Weapons of mass destruction and other strategic weapons - Reduce the risk of nuclear weapons being used; Experiences and approaches for compliance and enforcement; spreading cooperation in dealing with weapons of mass destruction; Safety and sustainability in space
  • Conventional Arms - Urbanizing Violence: Expanding Gun Control in New Environments; Arms and ammunition management: support for country-specific approaches; Gun control in conflict prevention and peace enforcement measures
  • Novel weapons technologies - prevention, defense and response to malicious cyber attacks ; Consideration of the private sector; Exploring the effects of increasing autonomy
  • Gender aspects in disarmament policy - support for dialogue and exchange on opportunities for further development, development of appropriate instruments


All internal processes and research activities of UNIDIR are controlled by the board of trustees and the director. The Board of Trustees also serves the UN Secretary General as an advisory body on disarmament issues. The members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by him for a two-year term.


The director of UNIDIR has been Renata Dwan (Ireland) since 2018, who previously worked in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support for politics and best practices . Dwan's predecessor was Jarmo Sareva (Finland), who has held the office since 2014.

Board of Trustees

In 2019 the following people were members of the Board of Trustees:

Surname origin function
Stefan Kongstad NorwayNorway Norway Head of the Board of Trustees, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the OSCE in Vienna
Setsuko Aoki JapanJapan Japan Law professor at Keiō University , Tokyo
Semla Ashipala-Musavyi NamibiaNamibia Namibia Ambassador, State Secretary at the Ministry for International Relations and Cooperation in Windhoek
Corentin breasts FranceFrance France Research assistant at the Study Center for International Security of the Institut Francais Relations Internationales in Paris
Lucia Dammert PeruPeru Peru Associate professor at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago
Lewis A. Dunn United StatesUnited States United States Former US Ambassador to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Follow-up Conference , Virginia
Fu Cong China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China Ambassador, General Director of the Arms Control Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China , Beijing
Arminka Helic United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, London
Anton Khlopkov RussiaRussia Russia Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies, Moscow
Amandeep Gill IndiaIndia India Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament (UNDC) in Geneva (currently on leave)
Merel Noorman NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Assistant professor at Tilburg University , Tilburg
Enkhtsetseg Ochir MongoliaMongolia Mongolia Ambassador of Mongolia to Sweden , Stockholm
Abiodun Williams Sierra LeoneSierra Leone Sierra Leone Director of the Institute for Global Leadership , Professor of Practical International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford
Motaz Zahran EgyptEgypt Egypt Ambassador, Deputy Foreign Minister, Cairo
Renata Dwan IrelandIreland Ireland Head of UNIDIR


  1. http://www.unidir.org/about/the-institute/statute here
  2. http://www.unidir.org/programmes/weapons-of-mass-destruction-and-other-strategic-weapons accessed on May 7, 2019
  3. http://www.unidir.org/programmes/conventional-arms accessed on May 7, 2019
  4. http://www.unidir.org/programmes/security-and-technology accessed on May 7, 2019
  5. http://www.unidir.org/programmes/gender-and-disarmament accessed on May 7, 2019
  6. http://unidir.org/about/the-institute/board-of-trustees

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