Areas of Work

Disarmament and Arms Control

QUNO has historically played a key supportive role in the peace-related efforts to foster stricter arms control and sustained disarmament efforts. Through providing a space for discussion on the sidelines of divisive multilateral arms control and disarmament negotiations, QUNO has helped stakeholders to realise transformative agreements such as the Mine Ban Treaty. In addition to monitoring nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation developments, our programme focuses on raising awareness of the tremendous damage done by conventional weapons to communities and societies. We strive to build effective arms controls at international level by bridging the gaps between policy makers, corporate actors and civil society in fora such as the UN Human Rights Council and the Arms Trade Treaty or with the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights.effective ways to tackle these challenges at international level – by also bridging the gaps between policy makers, industry actors and civil society.

Recent Timeline Events

January 2023

QUNO highlights the importance of the arms sector when discussing responsible business conduct

During the 11th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights | OHCHR, QUNO Geneva partnered with American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, the University of Washington School of Law, PAX and Amnesty International to co-organize a virtual side event titled “Responsible Business Conduct - the case of the arms sector”


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October 2020

The impact of arms transfers on human rights

QUNO was pleased to welcome the High Commissioner’s report on the impact of arms transfers on human rights (A/HRC/44/29, 19 June 2020) which goes beyond the focus on women and girls to include specific considerations on the gendered impacts more broadly and the role of violent masculinities in facilitating violence and militarism.


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