What is UNRCPD?

Since the beginning, UNRCPD has strengthened partnerships with regional organizations including ASEAN, PIF and SAARC to assist member States of those organizations address the threats posed by illicit SALW, work towards armed violence reduction, as well as improve disarmament outreach and advocacy. The focus of UNRCPD’s efforts to date, in the field of conventional arms, has centered on implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) and the passage and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

UNRCPD works to support and enable progress in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and capacity building across Asia and the Pacific. By partnering with regional and sub-regional organizations, other United Nations entities, as well as civil society groups, UNRCPD assists the international community in efforts to create a future world free of all forms of weapons of mass destruction. Current efforts focus on building capacity towards and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 and assisting the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea in organizing annual disarmament and non-proliferation conferences.

With UNRCPD’s support, Nepal is implementing a new model of delivering Peace and Disarmament education to meet post-conflict challenges – a model UNRCPD aims to bring to other countries in Asia and the Pacific in the future. By addressing the roots of interpersonal violence and reducing the demand for arms, the project will contribute to a stable, unified Nepal for future generations and help strengthen the fragile peace that the people of Nepal have worked tirelessly to achieve.

The cross-cutting issues pillar encompasses a range of initiatives and areas of programming, all of which aim to tackle complex issues by finding synergies between different agendas and engaging with a wide variety of actors. Such projects can include those which address specifically the crossovers between arms control and gender-based violence, or those which address the challenges posed by emerging technologies

Conventional Weapons

Since the beginning, UNRCPD has strengthened partnerships with regional organizations including ASEAN, PIF and SAARC to assist member States of those organizations address the threats posed by illicit SALW, work towards armed violence reduction, as well as improve disarmament outreach and advocacy. The focus of UNRCPD’s efforts to date, in the field of conventional arms, has centered on implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) and the passage and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Weapons of Mass Destruction

UNRCPD works to support and enable progress in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and capacity building across Asia and the Pacific. By partnering with regional and sub-regional organizations, other United Nations entities, as well as civil society groups, UNRCPD assists the international community in efforts to create a future world free of all forms of weapons of mass destruction. Current efforts focus on building capacity towards and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 and assisting the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea in organizing annual disarmament and non-proliferation conferences.

Disarmament Education/Cross Cutting Issues

With UNRCPD’s support, Nepal is implementing a new model of delivering Peace and Disarmament education to meet post-conflict challenges – a model UNRCPD aims to bring to other countries in Asia and the Pacific in the future. By addressing the roots of interpersonal violence and reducing the demand for arms, the project will contribute to a stable, unified Nepal for future generations and help strengthen the fragile peace that the people of Nepal have worked tirelessly to achieve.

The cross-cutting issues pillar encompasses a range of initiatives and areas of programming, all of which aim to tackle complex issues by finding synergies between different agendas and engaging with a wide variety of actors. Such projects can include those which address specifically the crossovers between arms control and gender-based violence, or those which address the challenges posed by emerging technologies

Country Profiles

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Where We Work

UNRCPD is mandated to work with 43 states in the Asia-Pacific. For treaty information, recent statements, and more, select a country to visit it's profile page.

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Where We Work

UNRCPD is mandated to work with 43 states in the Asia-Pacific. For treaty information, recent statements, and more, select a country to visit it's profile page.

UNRCPD was established with three goals in mind: promoting the universal ratification and implementation of global disarmament treaties and norms, promoting dialogue and confidence building, and opening spaces to address challenges to regional security. All of these goals are pursued, where possible, with the active engagement of women and youth, and in line with the aims of promoting regional and global disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. To this end, and more specifically, UNRCPD’s programming is broadly organized into four major pillars: conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, peace and disarmament education and cross-cutting issues such as emerging technologies and gender equality.