About Us

What is the Youth4Disarmament Initiative? 

It is a youth outreach initiative established in 2019 by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to connect geographically diverse young people with experts to learn about current international security challenges, the work of the United Nations and how to actively participate.

The Mandate 

Graphic of United Nations General Assembly resolution 76/45

The UN General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution that young people can make in sustaining peace and security through its unanimous support of its biennial resolution on "Youth, disarmament and non-proliferation", adopted on 12 December 2019 and on 6 December 2021. 

In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly recognized young people in all countries as key agents for social change, economic development, and technological innovation

The General Assembly resolution 76/45 requests specific measures to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation and empowerment of youth on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, including through the effective utilization of the dedicated digital platform Youth4Disarmament & token grants and awards supported by voluntary contributions. 

Resolution 76/45 also requests the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States, the United Nations, other relevant international and regional organizations and civil society organizations on the promotion of youth engagement and empowerment activities in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. These inputs will be outlined in a report to be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session

General Assembly resolution 76/64

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution of young people in sustaining peace and security.

The General Assembly resolution encouraged Member States, the United Nations, relevant specialized agencies and regional and subregional organizations to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in discussions in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Secretary-General's Agenda for Disarmament

In 2018, the Secretary-General also recognized young people as a tremendous force for change in the world who had “proved their power time and again in support of the cause of disarmament”.

He thus committed the Office for Disarmament Affairs, in partnership with all interested entities, to further invest in disarmament education, including through the establishment of a platform for youth engagement.


Our Work


UNODA staff members met with student from Falu Frigymnasium, a school based in Sweden, to discuss the work of the United Nations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control.
UNODA and #Youth4Disarmament meet with student from Falu Frigymnasium to discuss the work of the United Nations
, five representatives of the #Youth4Disarmament initiative participated in a panel discussion as part of the Critical Issues Forum 2022 Student Spring Conference
#Youth4Disarmament participates in Critical Issues Forum 2022 Spring Student Conference
Naomi Ekpoki, UN Youth Champion for Disarmament, participated in the SDG 5 Thematic Session on “Generation Equality: Building Back Better with Young Women and Girls at the Centre”, as part of the 2022 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Naomi Ekpoki, UN Youth Champion for Disarmament, participates in thematic session at the 2022 ECOSOC Youth Forum


“In a time full of war, be peace” by Virginia Bertuzzi - First Place Prize Winner
“Welcome to Büchel” by Ruth Rohde - Second Place Prize Winner
“Recovery of Damage” by Misaki Teramoto and Yuzuki Osaki - Third Place Prize Winner


United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum
VirtualConferenceREGISTER HERE
Maintaining the Nuclear Peace: A conversation with Michael Krepon
VirtualDiscussionREGISTER HERE

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Eli Horton discusses "How Can We Continue to Energize ‘Gen Z’ for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World?"
Eli Horton and Suria Vanrajah
#Youth4Disarmament Members, CNS Summer Undergraduate Fellows
As students in our twenties working in the nuclear non-proliferation field, we’re well aware that only a handful of our peers in “Generation Z” have a solid understanding of the issues that we’re addressing. While great resources on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are available to those who seek them out, our field could be doing more to inspire young people to pursue these vital causes to secure a peaceful future.
Community Calendar
Reclaiming Our Futures: A Discussion on Environmental and Nuclear Justice, and Paths Forward
Reverse The TrendZoom
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at MIISVirtual


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