Disarmament Orientation Course 2024

In person
16-26 September 2024
Disarmament Orientation Course 2024

The Disarmament Orientation Course provides newly arrived diplomats in Geneva with the knowledge and deeper understanding of key concepts and challenges which are needed to navigate disarmament and arms control processes in an increasingly complex global security environment.

To support the Geneva diplomatic community in its disarmament and arms control efforts in an increasingly complex security environment, the annual Disarmament Orientation Course introduces newly arrived diplomats to the Geneva disarmament community and the topics at stake. The course is jointly offered by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

This course seeks to contribute to an enhanced understanding of relevant disarmament and arms control concepts, issues and mechanisms, to increase levels of participation in Geneva-based processes and discussions, and further consolidate the Geneva-based disarmament community. 


Throughout the two-week period, five course modules will address current trends and developments in key thematic topics, including weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, space and missiles, ICT, AI, LAWS and cyber as well as a range of cross-cutting topics such as gender and inclusivity or youth.


The course is open to diplomats or officials with responsibilities for disarmament and arms control matters who have recently arrived in Geneva.  A call for nominations has been sent to Permanent Missions to the United Nations and delegations of international/regional organizations in Geneva. Registrations close on 26 July 2024.

When and Where

This course will be held from 16 to 26 September (8:00-10:00 CEST) in person at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The course is free of charge and will be delivered in English.

For any questions, please contact doc@un.org.