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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.

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Our Work

News

Graphic on the Sustainable Development Goals, youth and the United Nations
How disarmament and arms control contribute to sustainable development
Open Minds Project Winter 2020
The winter edition of our Open Minds Project is now available!
Disarmament Today Podcast: Youth Edition
Disarmament Today Podcast: Youth leaders discuss how young people can act as "ultimate forces for change" in disarmament

Videos

Disarmament and the Sustainable Development Goals
UN #Youth4Disarmament Initiative—2020 #BillionActs of Peace Awardee, Best Coalition Building Project
UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 13-18 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

On the day of the conference, the author (far left) poses with its youth organizers.
Aline Sauvegrain Tanabe
#Youth4Disarmament Member
I took a deep breath and began reading my speech, starting from its first sentence: “Today, I am standing here as a youth who is anxious about our future. The unceasing spread of the COVID-19, the increasing poverty, climate change, the ongoing human rights abuses around the world… In the time of the deepening uncertainty, we are now also facing the rapid development of the lethal autonomous weapons system, the so-called ‘killer robot.’” It was 12 December 2020, and I was at the office of Human Rights Watch in Tokyo, attending the online Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons. Just like 19 other youth speakers who joined from around the world, I was speaking out, in front of my laptop, to raise the torch of hope for a better future.
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IM Swedish Development PartnerVirtual
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Studio 22.21: Entry into Force Day - TPNW
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)Virtual
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Aerobotics7 and The PeaceJam FoundationVirtual
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