United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for Asia and The Pacific

This Regional Centre, whose acronym is “UNRCPD”, was created by the United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1987 (A/42/39D) and became operational in 1989. Since its inception, the Centre has promoted dialogue and confidence-building in disarmament and regional security related matters.

Last year marked a historic moment for the Centre. Our office was relocated from New York to Kathmandu, Nepal. Our sincere thanks go to the Government and People of Nepal who kindly supported the relocation.

With the Centre’s physical operation from within the region, the mandate given to the UNRCPD by the Member States of the region and endorsed by the UN General Assembly, two decades ago, is benefiting from a new momentum.

Thus, the Centre wishes to make a new departure by renewing our commitment to its mission; promoting global disarmament and non-proliferation norms, enhancing regional dialogue on disarmament, non-proliferation and security matters, and outreach and advocacy activities.

This vast and diverse region of 43 countries is facing daunting challenges in the field of disarmament and security. We believe in the power of dialogue and it is our strong desire that this Centre serves as a platform for dialogue and confidence building in the field of peace and disarmament in the Asian and Pacific region.

It is my sincere hope that this website (soon to be launched) will serve the purpose of continuously sending messages of peace and disarmament and fomenting dialogue and confidence building throughout the region from the high mountains of the Himalaya, Top of the world.

Taijiro Kimura

Press releases:

UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and Pacific relocates to Kathmandu, Nepal

Ban welcomes new UN centre pushing for disarmament in Asia-Pacific

Opening on 18 August 2008