24th United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues
The 24th United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues took place in Shizuoka City, Japan, from 30 January to 1 February 2013. This annual event was organised by UNRCPD, the regional branch of UNODA, and in co-operation with the Government of Japan and the host city of Shizuoka.
The purpose of the Conference is to provide an informal setting for frank and open discussion on critical issues related to disarmament and security. With the overarching theme of “Creating a Peaceful and Safe Future: Pressing Issues and Potential Solutions”, the Conference addressed a number of important issues, including: humanitarian dimensions of nuclear weapons, nuclear-weapon-free zones, current situation and challenges to the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, nuclear safety and security, small arms and light weapons control, the role of civil society in promoting disarmament, and disarmament and non-proliferation education.Representatives of states, local governments, the United Nations and other inter-governmental organisations, academic institutions, NGOs and other civil society organisations, the media, high school and university students attended the 2013 Conference. Conference participants also enjoyed a number of events and outings organised by the host city of Shizuoka, including a spectacular fireworks display to mark the opening of the Conference, an exhibition featuring displays by civil society organisations advocating on issues of peace and disarmament, and several post-Conference excursions.
For further information, please read the Host City Report.
The 24th Conference on Disarmament Issues was held in cooperation with:
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan|
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The annual United Nations Conference has been held in Japan since 1989 and is recognised as an important forum for frank dialogue and the exchange of views on pressing security and disarmament-related issues facing the international community. It also addresses particular regional disarmament and non-proliferation concerns, including those in the Asia-Pacific region. Find here an archive of former host cities of the Conference on Disarmament Issues.