The General Assembly, at its first special session devoted to disarmament, in 1978, established the United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament. The programme is managed in Geneva by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Every year, 25 young officials working on arms control and disarmament take part in the 10-week-long programme, which takes them to Geneva, Vienna, The Hague and New York as well as to several Member States.
Since its inception 36 years ago, the programme has provided practical experience and knowledge on the work of the UN and other organizations on disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation and international security to 930 officials from 163 Member States. It has been recognized, in an internal evaluation, as the best programme of its kind within the UN system.