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United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

UNIDIRLocation: Geneva, Switzerland


The UN Institute for Disarmament Research is a voluntarily funded autonomous institute within the UN. It was established in 1980 by the General Assembly to inform states on questions of international security and assist with disarmament efforts.

It operates on the basis of the provisions of the First Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament. Its remit is to produce ideas and advocacy work on disarmament and security. It claims to bring together “states, international organisations, civil society, the private sector and academia so that we may work together to build and implement creative solutions that will benefit all states and peoples.”

UNIDIR has worked to produce a research project on IEDs entitled Promoting a Coordinated and Effective International Approach to IEDs. This project was funded by UNIDIR’s core funders, with dedicated funding from France. The full report is available here. They were also  responsible for a roundtable event at Chatham House discussing the building of coordinated processes and responses to IEDs, the summary of which is available here.

In 2017, pursuant to operational paragraphs 15 and 23 of the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/71/72 (2016), UNIDIR organized a series of consultative meetings with States and private sector actors in an effort to explore the private sector’s roles and responsibilities in, and potential contributions to, stemming the flow of IEDs and related materials. This project sought to build on areas of common understanding and clarify areas where there is a lack of consensus in order to identify challenges, opportunities and ways forward for private sector’s engagement in countering the proliferation of IEDs. This project’s outcome document can be found here.

UNIDIR does not undertake C-IED activities, it explores and promotes multilateral efforts to address the threat posed by IEDs.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.