The Office of Disarmament Affairs (formerly called the Department of Disarmament Affairs) was established in 1998 as an initiative of the Secretary-General’s program for reform. UNODA works on the many diverse aspects of the disarmament agenda, including non-proliferation and disarmament. UNODA also works on the ground level in post-conflict settings to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate (DDR) armed militias. UNODA is the primary resource for substantive support for the General Assembly and its First Committee. The Office serves as an important source of guidance and information for the Disarmament Commission and the Conference on Disarmament.
Women, Peace and Security
Security Council Resolution 1325 calls for all actors involved in efforts of DDR to take into account the special needs of women and to integrate a gender perspective in program development. UNODA began incorporating a gender perspective in 2001 in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI). Furthermore, in 2003, UNODA became the first UN entity to publish a Gender Action Plan (GAP). UNODA has complied a report of studies on different areas where gender reform in disarmament issues would be effective. The packet includes briefing reports on women as advocates for peace and disarmament and a gender perspective on small arms.
Source: Office of Disarmament Affairs
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