3 February 2022, Geneva, Switzerland  - The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) announce a new partnership to jointly design and develop a range of innovative training programmes. 

The UNIDIR-UNITAR cooperation will leverage each institution’s unique expertise to design and create innovative training programmes that will address a growing need for capacity-building at the intersection between emerging technologies, international security, and disarmament. 

UNITAR’s expertise in the field of training design and facilitation will enable UNIDIR to channel its subject-matter expertise into innovative and interactive learning solutions. 

The UNIDIR-UNITAR cooperation will contribute to a growing global network of leaders conversant with the latest developments in international security, fostering links of cooperation and establishing new partnerships for peace.  

“At a time when new threats are challenging traditional forms of conflict prevention, we aim to make strides towards a more secure world through strategic partnerships and fresh, creative thinking. We are thrilled to crystallize our relationship with UNITAR.” 
- Dr. Robin Geiss, Director of UNIDIR

“International security and multilateral diplomacy are indivisible. Not only are they both based on fundamentals of international law, but they carry and support the international legal framework. This strategic partnership will nurture targeted action for innovative capacity-building in these crucial areas. In this view, UNITAR and UNIDIR’s combined forces will strengthen the confidence of today’s diplomatic leaders to shape a safer world for tomorrow."
- Mr. Rabih El-Haddad, Director of the Division for Multilateral Diplomacy, UNITAR


The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is a voluntarily funded, autonomous institute within the United Nations. One of the few policy institutes worldwide focusing on disarmament, UNIDIR generates knowledge and promotes dialogue and action on disarmament and security. Based in Geneva, UNIDIR assists the international community to develop the practical, innovative ideas needed to find solutions to critical security problems. Since 2019, the Institute has a dedicated Security and Technology Programme that supports policy- and decision-makers with accessible insights into the impact of technological innovation on international security. For more information about UNIDIR, visit: www.unidir.org


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is an autonomous body within the United Nations that was established in 1965 pursuant to a UN General Assembly resolution. UNITAR's mission is to develop the individual, institutional, and organizational capacities of countries and other United Nations stakeholders by providing innovative learning solutions and high quality learning solutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for overcoming global challenges. 

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