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 

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


Jok is a member of the #Youth4Disarmament Initiative and the founder and director of the Promised Land Primary & Secondary school in Juba, South Sudan
Disarmament Today Podcast: An interview with Jok Abraham Thon and Gail Prensky Changing minds from "bullets to books
The winners of the "What If - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge were announced at a virtual, congratulatory event on 14 October 2021.
Winners of the “What If – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge Announced
Con el fin de celebrar el 2do aniversario de la resolución 74/64 de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, #Youth4Disarmament invita a los jóvenes alrededor del mundo a compartir sus historias en el marco de la Campaña #YouthInAction para el Desarme.
Campaña #YouthInAction para el Desarme


“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

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Luciana Vázquez expresses how important it was to join a group of motivated young scientists interested in biological disarmament and non-proliferation.
Luciana Vázquez
#Youth4Disarmament Member
December 2018. I am planning my summer vacation like any other year. I turn on the television, and I see the headline: "Hantavirus outbreak in Southern Argentina". Hantavirus is a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans. The difference with this strain is that it is transmitted from person to person, facilitating the spread of the virus. Over the course of several days, people of all ages begin to die. As fear grips the inhabitants of the southern cities, misinformation starts to spread through the media. December 2019. It seems that the month of December is destined not to be quiet. The name “Coronavirus” begins to resonate. At the beginning, all the samples from the country were processed at the Malbran Institute in Buenos Aires, the National Reference Laboratory. Wouldn't it be easier if other laboratories over the country processed the samples as well? The answer is yes, of course. However, the necessary biosafety and biosecurity conditions to manipulate the samples and carry out the diagnoses were only found in the Malbran Institute. As the number of cases increased, reaching all Provinces, it became necessary to decentralize the diagnoses in order to have a faster response to the pandemic. There my work began.
Community Calendar
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at MIISVirtual
Empowering First Nations and Indigenous Communities: Overcoming the Ecological and Humanitarian Threats of the Nuclear Fuel Trajectory and Nuclear Weapons
Reverse The TrendVirtual


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