The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)—an
autonomous institute within the United Nations—conducts research on
disarmament and security. UNIDIR is based in Geneva, Switzerland, the
centre for bilateral and multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation
negotiations, and home of the Conference on Disarmament. The Institute
explores current issues pertaining to the variety of existing and future
armaments, as well as global diplomacy and local tensions and conflicts.
Working with researchers, diplomats, government officials, NGOs and
other institutions since 1980, UNIDIR acts as a bridge between the
research community and governments. UNIDIR’s activities are funded by
contributions from governments and donor foundations.