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 

Graphic of United Nations General Assembly resolution 76/45

The UN General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution that young people can make in sustaining peace and security through its unanimous support of its biennial resolution on "Youth, disarmament and non-proliferation", adopted on 12 December 2019 and on 6 December 2021. 

In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly recognized young people in all countries as key agents for social change, economic development, and technological innovation

The General Assembly resolution 76/45 requests specific measures to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation and empowerment of youth on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, including through the effective utilization of the dedicated digital platform Youth4Disarmament & token grants and awards supported by voluntary contributions. 

Resolution 76/45 also requests the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States, the United Nations, other relevant international and regional organizations and civil society organizations on the promotion of youth engagement and empowerment activities in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. These inputs will be outlined in a report to be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session

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


From left to right: Ms. Elif Erginyavuz, ODA Leader to the Future, OSCE-ODA Scholar, and CTBTO-CENESS Research Fellow, H.E. Ambassador Thomas Göbel, President of the Conference on Disarmament, Mr. SON Minjae, youth intern for the Disarmament and Non-proliferation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and Ms. Isa Begemann, UN Youth Champion for Disarmament and ODA Leader to the Future.
Young leaders share their insights with Conference on Disarmament in formal plenary session
#StepUp4Disarmament to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests
#StepUp4Disarmament to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests
The sixth session of the Leaders to the Future series.
Leaders to the Future discuss approaches for advancing diversity in the disarmament field


“In a time full of war, be peace” by Virginia Bertuzzi - First Place Prize Winner
“Welcome to Büchel” by Ruth Rohde - Second Place Prize Winner
“Recovery of Damage” by Misaki Teramoto and Yuzuki Osaki - Third Place Prize Winner


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