Disarmament belongs among the key issues on the contemporary global security agenda. Various actors of international affairs engage with each other through bilateral and multilateral diplomacy in order to control and halt proliferation of weapons. In this regard Geneva, Vienna and New York are the main centres of the UN disarmament activities in the world.
Within the UN System the principal body for disarmament is the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) based in New York, USA.
The Geneva Branch of UNODA provides substantive and organizational support to a wide range of multilateral disarmament bodies and agreements including:
- Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, also known as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)
- Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, commonly known as the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)
- Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction
- Convention on Cluster Munitions
- Conference on Disarmament (CD)
The Permanent Mission represents the Czech Republic at the Geneva Branch of UNODA while its aim is to foster cooperation and activities in various disarmament forums. Our priority is to implement objectives set out in existing agreements and to interact with other member states, international organizations, academia and relevant NGOs.