About Us

What is the Youth4Disarmament Initiative? 

It is a youth outreach initiative established in 2019 by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to connect geographically diverse young people with experts to learn about current international security challenges, the work of the United Nations and how to actively participate.


The Mandate 

General Assembly resolution 76/64

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution of young people in sustaining peace and security.

The General Assembly resolution encouraged Member States, the United Nations, relevant specialized agencies and regional and subregional organizations to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in discussions in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Secretary-General's Agenda for Disarmament

In 2018, the Secretary-General also recognized young people as a tremendous force for change in the world who had “proved their power time and again in support of the cause of disarmament”.

He thus committed the Office for Disarmament Affairs, in partnership with all interested entities, to further invest in disarmament education, including through the establishment of a platform for youth engagement.


Our Work


Ms. Crystal Isidor, Pace University senior, spoke at the #Youth4Disarmament Initiative’s launch event for the UN Youth Champions for Disarmament programme in January 2020
#Youth4Disarmament discuss youth engagement in disarmament with Pace University
Entrants of the “What If - Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge attended a workshop with filmmakers Kasha Slavner and Robert Frye for an intergenerational dialogue on filmmaking to mark the International Day of Peace
“What If - Spesterra” entrants attend workshop to facilitate intergenerational dialogue on filmmaking to commemorate the International Day of Peace
Youth around the world #StepUp4Disarmament to commemorate the International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Youth around the world #StepUp4Disarmament to commemorate the International Day Against Nuclear Tests


"What if - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge, Launch Event, 15 April 2021
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Youth Envoy: Join the “What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge!
"What if - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Luciana Vázquez expresses how important it was to join a group of motivated young scientists interested in biological disarmament and non-proliferation.
Luciana Vázquez
#Youth4Disarmament Member
December 2018. I am planning my summer vacation like any other year. I turn on the television, and I see the headline: "Hantavirus outbreak in Southern Argentina". Hantavirus is a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans. The difference with this strain is that it is transmitted from person to person, facilitating the spread of the virus. Over the course of several days, people of all ages begin to die. As fear grips the inhabitants of the southern cities, misinformation starts to spread through the media. December 2019. It seems that the month of December is destined not to be quiet. The name “Coronavirus” begins to resonate. At the beginning, all the samples from the country were processed at the Malbran Institute in Buenos Aires, the National Reference Laboratory. Wouldn't it be easier if other laboratories over the country processed the samples as well? The answer is yes, of course. However, the necessary biosafety and biosecurity conditions to manipulate the samples and carry out the diagnoses were only found in the Malbran Institute. As the number of cases increased, reaching all Provinces, it became necessary to decentralize the diagnoses in order to have a faster response to the pandemic. There my work began.
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International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear WarVirtual via Zoom


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