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Welcome to UNIDIR at 40

As Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres has said, “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe.” Multilateral disarmament regimes are facing significant challenges. New technologies, increasing tensions between major military powers, and growing multipolarity are creating stress on these regimes. In such challenging times, the importance of new ideas and practical policy research is ever more critical to help the international community effectively respond.

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From Ideas to Action

We are an independent research institute within the UN supporting Member States and civil society with cutting edge research on international security issues.

2020 was a significant year for international peace and security as it marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, 50 years since the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and 40 years since UNIDIR was founded. We underscored the critical need for arms control and asked how we can pursue disarmament in new ways to meet the realities of our complex and changing global environment.

Through our research and initiatives, we seek to employ new ideas as we work toward a more peaceful and secure future. We celebrated these anniversaries through events and publications as we continued to move from ideas to action.

On 18 December 2020, the General Assembly welcomed the fortieth anniversary of UNIDIR in A/RES/75/82; recognizing the importance, the timeliness and the high quality of the work of the Institute.

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