On 25th September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are of direct relevance to UNIDIR in several respects.

  1. As a part of the ‘UN system implementation matrix’ first for the Millennium Development Goals and now for the SDGs, UNIDIR is among the organisations required to implement the outcome of the Summit. UNIDIR is working together with other United Nations agencies and Member States at the global, regional, sub-regional, and country levels to advance sustainable development goals for the benefit of developing countries.

  2. Supporting the needs of developing countries is also a responsibility of this Institute under our Statute. The Institute is required by United Nations Member States to ‘facilitate progress, through negotiations, towards greater security for all States and towards the economic and social development of all peoples’ as well as to promote ‘informed participation by all States in disarmament efforts’.

  3. Several of the the SDGs relate thematically to the work of UNIDIR. For example, Goal 11 concerns making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Goal 16, in promoting peaceful societies, represents broader acknowledgement that curbing armed violence, of which disarmament-related research and activity are part, contributes to development. Paragraph 35 of the Summit Declaration notes that ‘Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development.

In addition, UNIDIR is mindful of the criteria of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) for the evaluation of development assistance in accounting for the Institute's project funding and other support.


UNIDIR staff are required to familiarize themselves with the content of the SDGs and Declaration and OECD DAC’s evaluation criteria. Moreover, all of UNIDIR’s project proposals and reports:

  • explain the relevance of the proposed or completed project to the SDGs and explains how the project will contribute to their implementation;

  • indicate the manner in which the impact of the project can be monitored, measured, evaluated or assessed (e.g., by external peer review or some other third-party input).

See UNIDIR’s website for more information about specific UNIDIR projects.