- From 31 July to 11 August 2023, UNITAR will hold an exhibit featuring its Hiroshima Training Programme on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Vienna, Austria.
- The exhibit's theme is "Dialogue as a key to achieving global peace," highlighting information about the programme's background and testimonials from its alumni.
- The exhibit will be featured throughout the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2026 Review of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
28 July, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR will hold an exhibit featuring its Hiroshima Training Programme on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation from 31 July to 11 August 2023 in Vienna. The exhibit will be featured throughout the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2026 Review of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
With “Dialogue as a key to achieving global peace” as a theme, the three-panel gallery will feature the background of the training programme and showcase alumni testimonials.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
The NPT, which has been in effect since 1970 and extended indefinitely in 1995, aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and promote peaceful nuclear energy cooperation. It commits both nuclear- and non-nuclear-weapon states to prevent the acquisition and transfer of nuclear weapons and explosive devices.
The Preparatory Committee is responsible for addressing substantive and procedural issues related to the Treaty and the forthcoming 2026 Review Conference. The upcoming session is one of the Committee’s three planned sessions.
UNITAR Hiroshima’s Training Programme on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
The UNITAR Division for Prosperity / Hiroshima Office Training Programme on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation aims to expand diplomats’ understanding of the nuclear-arms-control debate and promote regional cooperation among Asia and its surrounding states towards nuclear disarmament and global peace. In cooperation with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government and the City of Hiroshima, the UNITAR nuclear disarmament programme has trained 155 diplomats from ministries of foreign affairs and defence since its inception in 2015.
The programme alumni use what they learned to work more effectively towards a world without nuclear weapons.
Voice of alumni
Ms Diane Lipana (First Committee Expert and Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York) joined the 2022 programme. She observes that diplomats face challenges in negotiating and believes the UNITAR programme gave participants the solid grounding they needed to do their job effectively.
Mr. Amaraa Erdenebaatar (First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations Office in Geneva) joined the 2021 programme, to help him prepare for negotiations such as the NPT Review. He noted the programme’s good mix of courses taught by experts and was pleased to expand his professional networks through the group sessions.
Historically, UNITAR brought participants to learn in Hiroshima but had to run the 2021 and 2022 cycles virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. In February 2023, UNITAR resumed the in-person training programme in Hiroshima with nearly 20 diplomats and government officials from different Asian countries.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained 396,046 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, we have offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.
The Division for Prosperity is based in the Hiroshima Office and Geneva. We seek to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world through world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services on entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from least developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states – especially women and young people – to bring about positive change.