The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous institute which voluntarily funded within the United Nations. It was established in 1980 by the United Nations General Assembly to inform States and the global community on questions of international security, and to assist with disarmament (Act of reducing or depriving of arms).
It is an institute which generates ideas and promotes action on disarmament and security. Its headquarter is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The main objective of UNIDIR is to bring states, international organisations, civil society, private sector and academia under single umbrella or common platform so that they can work together locally, regionally and internationally that can benefit the humanity on disarmament and security.
The entire works of the institute is revolving around the mass destruction arms to weapons and from the reintegration of former combatants (someone who fights) to prevent an arms race in outer space. It also develops pragmatic ideas for building peace and security through analysis of proscription and security issues.
It is supervised by a Board of Trustee and Director who look after the research work. It also serves as the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Every member of the organisation must know about security, arms control and disarmament.