Nonproliferation Efforts Inside the UN System
Within the United Nations, there are still a myriad of committees, commissions, task forces and offices that deal with disarmament, either of regular weapons or of weapons of mass destruction. The First Committee of the General Assembly is dedicated to disarmament and international security, meaning that there is a permanent forum composed of all member-States of the organization dedicated to negotiating reductions in weapons stockpiles. The Office for Disarmament Affairs is dedicated to further the norm-setting efforts that take place in the UN, such as initiatives undertaken by the Disarmament Commission, Conference of Disarmament, and regional initiatives. Additionally, by command of the First Committee of the UNGA, a United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research was established with a mandate for providing information and research on disarmament efforts. Although nuclear disarmament garners most of the headlines, the United Nations disarmament efforts target a range of weapons, such as chemical weapons, biological, small weapons and land mines.