Ban gives report on UNIDIR

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a report on July 23 on the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research that covered the institute's activities and its expenditures.

UNIDIR is made up five programmatic themes: weapons of mass destruction, weapons of societal disruption, security and society, emerging security threats, and process and practice. UNIDIR's main goal is to promote disarmament, arms controls, security and peace in various ways, which include offering analysis of current security issues and working with member states on disarmament negotiations.

The report reviewed the activities of UNIDIR and gave a proposed budget for the 2014-2015 period.

Voluntary funds from governments around the world and other sources cover the majority of UNIDIR's budget and operational activities. Since these funds usually come in from only a handful of states, however, UNIDIR has tried to solicit more funds to expand its donor base. Contributions have been slowly and steadily increasing over the past few years.

Even though there has been success in acquiring new donors, UNIDIR has seen a drop in the volume of core contributions. This is a major issue for UNIDIR, since core contributions are the organization's main funding source.

The report showed that UNIDIR may be in trouble because of this growing gap in project funding and core support. The report explained why key budget funding from the U.N. is essential for UNIDIR.