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Disarmament: Global Issues

Lists regional disarmament bodies (UN and non UN)

UN Regional Centres

The Regional Disarmament Branch (RDB) is the operational arm of UNODA at the regional, subregional and national levels. It provides, upon request, substantive support for initiatives and other efforts of Member States regarding disarmament and confidence-building measures. It assists in the coordination of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation policies and activities and contributes to UN discussions and joint programming on issues such as security sector reform, armed violence prevention and reduction, and gender mainstreaming.

The Regional Centres engage in cooperation regional and subregional organisations on disarmament-related issues, such as the African Union (AU) and the Organization of American States (OAS), and subregional organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Andean Community, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States, the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation, the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the Southern African Development Community, and others.

The branch serves over 135 countries and comprises a New York-based office as well as three UN Regional Centres for Peace and Disarmament:

Regional Institutions

Talks aimed at the elaboration of regional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures in the Middle East.

Deliberative body established by the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) that serves as a arena for inter-governmental consultation on regional security matters. It established the Inter-Sessional Support Group Meeting on Confidence Building Measures (ISGC CBM) to push for dialogues on security and to study CBMS on a regional level.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is an independent U.S. Government agency created in 1976 to monitor and encourage compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE commitments.

Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) provides an informal mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities to discuss political and security issues and challenges facing the region.

The 50-nation Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) is a multilateral forum for dialogue and consultation on political and security-related issues among Allies and Partner countries. It provides the overall political framework for NATO’s cooperation with Partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic area, and for the bilateral relationships developed between NATO and individual Partner countries under the Partnership for Peace programme.

Pan-European multilateral forum for the deliberation and negotiation of regional arms control and disarmament, security, and human rights issues.

The Forum for Security Co-operation meets weekly in Vienna to discuss and make decisions regarding military aspects of security in the OSCE area, in particular confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).

The Partnership for Peace is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Partner countries and NATO. It allows Partner countries to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation.

The aforementioned list of regional institutions is non-exhaustive.

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