UNITAR as a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (IAWG-DDR) supported the work of the IAWG-DDR related to the revision and update of the Integrated DDR Standards, initiated in 2017 to provide guidance to DDR practitioners working in UN peace operations while reflecting the latest changes in the global armed conflict landscape.

On 19 November 2019, UNITAR actively supported the IAWG-DDR Co-Chairs, namely the UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – in the organisation of the official launch of the Revised UN Integrated DDR Standards. The ceremony, which corresponded with the launch of the updated version of the online course on “The United Nations Approach to DDR” by UNITAR, represented the first and crucial step in the implementation process of the new IDDRS.

Through its different activities on DDR and, particularly through strengthening and building the capacities of different stakeholders, UNITAR wants to contribute to the efforts of the international community to promote the effective implementation of DDR programmes and processes around the world. Moreover, UNITAR aims to support the harmonisation of content, experiences and initiatives, ultimately creating a common framework in which DDR can operate.

"Journey for Peace and Development" - Evolution and Impact of DDR

What is inside the complex notion of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)? How has it evolved over time? What impact does DDR have on people's lives and their communities and why should international actors support and engage in DDR processes worldwide? As a member of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (IAWG-DDR) and with the help of original video material obtained from diverse DDR contexts, UNITAR proposes you to learn more about DDR and individual journeys to peace, stability and development. The release of the video was dedicated to the Official Launch of the Revised United Nations Integrated DDR Standards on 19 November 2019.

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