Operating since 1980, UNIDIR is an autonomous institution within the United Nations that conducts independent research on disarmament and related problems; particularly international security issues.
Our specialized focus on disarmament and arms control sets us apart from other think tanks. Our status within the United Nations system enables us to engage with and support Member State deliberations. Our role is to provide ideas and advice and to facilitate dialogue that can advance multilateral arms control and disarmament.
Our vision is a stable and more secure world in which States and people are protected from threats of arms-related violence.
In a time of global volatility, the role of UNIDIR is ever-more important.
We conduct independent research on disarmament and issues relating to international security. Our mission is to support UN Member States, the United Nations, the disarmament policy community and other stakeholders in identifying and advancing ideas and practical actions that contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world.
We promote knowledge and the informed participation of all stakeholders; generate ideas to advance practical progress, facilitating dialogue among Member States, technical and expert communities, including the private sector and civil society; and provide advice to Member States, UN entities and other partners on concrete disarmament issues.