United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - UNIDIR was established in 1980 and became an autonomous institution within the framework of the UN organization in 1982. The institute is based in Geneva.


The purpose of UNIDIR is to conduct applied research in the field of disarmament and international security, as well as other related issues such as:

  • preventive diplomacy
  • confidence-building measures and verification
  • refugee security
  • landmines
  • biological and chemical warfare
  • economic aspects of disarmament.

UNIDIR's field of research can be grouped into five areas:

  1. Weapons of Mass Destruction
  2. Security and Technology
  3. Conventional Arms
  4. Gender and Disarmament
  5. Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone

UNIDIR is funded by voluntary contributions and a small UN grant.

More on UNIDIR

  • The UNIDIR website provides background information, news, fulltext documents, reports and links to related organizations.
  • UNIDIR Publications. Publications and research reports on disarmament issues. Fulltext available.
  • UNIDIR submits an annual report to the General Assembly.

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
  • UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions
  • United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
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Last modified: 2023-03-20