Young diplomats to take part in Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament

The United Nations announced on Monday that young diplomats from 25 countries will participate in the 2013 United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament.

The program will include exchanges with Member States of the Conference on Disarmament and delegations to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The young diplomats will also have the chance to attend sessions of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, participate in a study visit to Berne set up by Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, study the Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague and study the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna.

The program began on Tuesday and will run for nine weeks. During the event, young diplomats from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, United States and Uruguay will be participating.

The United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament was created by the General Assembly in 1978 with the purpose of promoting expertise in disarmament in member states. During its 34 years, the program has trained about 900 public officials.