International Day for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Awareness

Since 2023, the International Day for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Awareness has been observed on March 5. On December 7, 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution 77/51. This initiative was put forward by the Kyrgyz Republic in 2021. The UN Member States chose this date for a reason: the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) entered into force on March 5, 1970.

On March 5, 2024, PIR Center will provide access to an English-language online course on nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, which took place in the period from November to December 2023 on the PIR Center`s research and education platform NONPROLIFERATION.WORLD in e-learning mode

It is intended for a wide foreign English-speaking audience of diplomats and government officials, journalists, employees of research centers and institutes, instructors and students, functionaries of public organizations dealing with international cooperation and public diplomacy, as well as all those who are simply interested in this issue or who live by the principle of life-long learning. It will also be of interest to Russian specialists who would like to improve their specialized categorical and conceptual apparatus in English.

The online course is a set of 19 studio video lectures with a total duration of 16 hours and includes five key units. Each lecture is divided into mini-videos dedicated to certain aspects of the topic under consideration (71 mini-videos in total). For a deeper immersion of participants in nuclear nonproliferation and arms control issues, expanded lists of literature, sources, and video materials in Russian and English have been prepared and are available at any time. Intermediate tests, as well as final test are available to check the level of knowledge of participants. 

The online course was prepared as part of the PIR Center’s educational project “Global Security: A View from Russia for the Youth Around the World”, which has been implemented since 2023 with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation. The online course within the project was also conducted with the support of MGIMO University, PIR Center’s strategic partner.