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1 Jarmo Sareva, Statement during Thematic Discussion on Disarmament Machinery 1 (2017)

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                                    FIRST COMMITTEE

                      Statement   during  Thematic  Discussion  on

                                Disarmament Machinery

                                     Mr. Jarmo Sareva

              Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

                                New  York, 24 October 2017

Excellences, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the third time that I have had the privilege of joining this thematic discussion representing
UNIDIR. Having been both Chairman and Secretary of this Committee, to join this panel as a
representative of the only research institute devoted to research in the area of disarmament, arms
control, non-proliferation and related international security issues in the UN system is of particular
personal importance to me.

Let me start by what usually comes at the very end of statements like this.

UN staff members are every so often described as the Organization's most important resource
by Secretaries-General and by other senior management. And they are absolutely right. Let me
therefore start by acknowledging and thanking my colleagues at UNIDIR. They are not only the
Institute's most important resource-they are the resource of UNIDIR.

It is indeed thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff, and the continued high quality
of their work, that UNIDIR has been able to stay in business. Without them, no amount of
fundraising would have mattered, and pleas for political support would have fallen on deaf ears.
The supportive working environment in UNIDIR has also amazed me: everybody pitches in and
shows flexibility when necessary. In a small institute, which operates in an environment with
frequent, suddenly arising contingencies, this is a recipe that truly helps.

I concluded my statement last year by noting that an institute like UNIDIR will always be only as
good and as attractive to our current and potential funders as the quality of our most recent
substantive work-it is our reputation. In other words, we are constantly held accountable. And
this is one of our strengths. With a highly competent and dedicated staff, we have been able to
deliver, and our reputation remains solid. It has been a privilege to work with them.

Mr. Chairman,

My  report on the activities of the Institute for the period from January to December 2016 and the
proposed programme  of work and financial plan for 2017 and 2018 can be found in document
A/72/154. It contains an exhaustive list of our projects and activities in 2016 and during the first
several months of 2017. A more exhaustive description, including all project reports and other

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