UN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT
IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
UNRCPD, UNICEF and UN Mine Action (UNMAS) organized a second meeting of the Working Group on Small Arms and other portable lethal Weapons (SAplW) in Nepal on 17 August 2010. The meeting marked the official establishment of the working group after endorsing its Terms of Reference. Following the outcomes of an internal questionnaire, outlining the existing capacity as well as priority areas for the Working Group, the meeting focused on the analysis of 4 identified areas of work: National Action Plan (strategy); Legal Reform and Law Enforcement; Education and Advocacy and; Coordination and Research. Click here for more information.
The Regional Centre organized, in cooperation with the Government of Japan and the city of Saitama, Japan, the 22nd United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues, titled “A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Making Steady Progress from Vision to Action”, held in Saitama from 25 to 27 August. Approximately 80 participants from Governments, academia and think tanks, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as the media attended the conference. Participants discussed the major achievements in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation in 2010, regional nuclear as well as conventional challenges and the role of the civil society in peace and disarmament education. They recognized the 2010 NPT Review Conference as an important milestone for the future of the NPT and underlined that genuine success would now be measured by the extent to which the agreed Action Plan is implemented. Click here for more information.
On 27 August the UNRCPD and Saitama City co-hosted a workshop on peace and disarmament education for high school students of the Saitama City. Four groups of High Schools of Saitama made presentations on topics such as 'concrete plans towards a nuclear weapon free world'. Following the presentations, the students engaged in a dialogue with a number of disarmament experts on a variety of issues including 'ways to promote the entry into force of the CTBT' and 'the role of Japan in promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation'. In 2002, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the implementation of a series of recommendations put forward in the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education with the aim of vitalizing disarmament and non-proliferation education.
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte addressed the 2010 World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, held on 6 August in Hiroshima, in a speech titled Democracy, Disarmament, and the Rule of Law.
On 26 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the United Nations organized an international conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, titled 'Semipalatinsk: From Rehabilitation to Development’ in celebration of the UN-designated International Day against Nuclear Tests.
On 12 July UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued the annual report on the UN Regional Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific covering the work of the Regional Centre in the period from July 2009 to July 2010.
On 29 August the United Nations celebrated its first International Day Against Nuclear Tests. The day was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assemblyon 2 December 2009 through resolution 64/35. The Day is meant to galvanize the efforts of the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media in informing, educating and advocating the necessity of banning nuclear tests as a valuable step to achieving a safer world.
The UNRCPD will celebrate 2010's International Day of Peace by conducting a workshop on small arms and other portable lethal weapons, together with UNICEF and the UN Mine Action Action Service (UNMAS). The workshop will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 21 to 24 September and aims at building the capacity of 40 representatives of the government of Nepal and civil society, who are currently involved in small arms control related work. Experts from the South Asian region as well as outside the region will be present at the workshop to share their expertise and lessons learned from other contexts. The workshop is part of a wider strategy to address issues related to small arms and other portable lethal weapons in Nepal and a direct outcome of a working group that was established in August 2010 for this purpose.
UNSC RESOLUTION 1540
With the aim of advancing the implementation of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) in Southeast Asia, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) will conduct a capacity building workshop in Hanoi, VietNam, from 28 September to 1 October 2010. The workshop will focus primarily on the main elements of border and export controls and is specifically tailored for customs and regulatory officials from the participating Member States. Resolution 1540 stipulates that all States shall refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY FIRST COMMITTEE
From 4 October to 2 November 2010, the UN General Assembly First Committee focusing on disarmament and international security will meet during the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Click here for more information.
UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific
Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh (KSK) Building 1, 3rd Floor
UN House, Pulchowk
P.O. Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal