The United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament was launched by the General Assembly at its first special session devoted to disarmament in 1978.
The Programme aims at the training and specialization of national officials in more Member States, particularly in the developing countries, and to enable them to participate more effectively in international deliberating and negotiating fora.
Implemented by the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Programme has trained more than 1033 public officials from 170 States, a large number of whom are now in positions of responsibility in the field of disarmament within their own Governments. Some 25 fellowships are awarded every year.
Participants in the United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament are selected among candidates nominated by the Member States of the United Nations (one nomination per Member State per year). The selection of candidates is done on the basis of a number of criteria, in particular, the greater needs of developing countries in terms of training their young diplomats in the field of disarmament and security, the professional background and experience and anticipated future responsibilities of the candidates, as well as the overall geographical and gender balance.
In helping to develop capability and greater expertise in disarmament and a better understanding of the concerns of the international community in the field of disarmament and international security, the United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament makes a concrete contribution to the process of deliberations and negotiations on disarmament. Indeed, the Programme has enabled former Fellows to participate more effectively in regional and global efforts in the field of disarmament and, by creating an informal network spanning the various regions of the world, to work cooperatively and constructively in the pursuance of disarmament and arms limitation goals.
Nomination and Selection Process – 2024
Pursuant to the established practice, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has initiated the 2024 United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament by a note verbale, available in English and French.
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