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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 

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.

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Our Work

News

World Youth Skills Day 2022 Spotlight Series
#Youth4Disarmament will highlight youth-led initiatives to mark World Youth Skills Day 2022
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Graphic for the Internship Opportunities at UNODA
Internship opportunities with UNODA
UNODA staff members met with student from Falu Frigymnasium, a school based in Sweden, to discuss the work of the United Nations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control.
UNODA and #Youth4Disarmament meet with student from Falu Frigymnasium to discuss the work of the United Nations

Videos

“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

Events

19
Apr
2022
United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum
VirtualConferenceREGISTER HERE
22
Mar
2022
Maintaining the Nuclear Peace: A conversation with Michael Krepon
VirtualDiscussionREGISTER HERE

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Musa Carew (Peace Drive's Team Lead) presenting on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Musa Carew
#Leader4Tomorrow
I’m Musa Carew, a #Leader4Tomorrow with the #Youth4Disarmament Initiative, and both founder and Team Lead of Peace Drive, an organization that provides tools, and development tips to youth, and community based organizations on how to localize the Sustainable Development Goals in our various communities; especially in (post-) conflict zones where people struggle to maintain their fundamental right of human dignity. Ahead of the first Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), Peace Drive organized a workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 15 June 2022, for 60 young persons.
Community Calendar
27
Apr
2022
Reclaiming Our Futures: A Discussion on Environmental and Nuclear Justice, and Paths Forward
Reverse The TrendZoom
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21
Jan
2022
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at MIISVirtual
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