Palais des Nations
Avenue de la Paix 8/14
GENEVE 10  (Suisse)
M. Jarmo Sareva, Directeur

The Director Mr Jarmo Sareva of Finland was appointed as Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) effective 1 January 2015. Mr. Sareva brings to the Institute a wealth of experience from United Nations and disarmament affairs. Until the end of 2014 he serves as Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director of the Conference on Disarmament Secretariat and Conference Support Branch (Geneva Branch) of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, which post he has held since September 2009. From 2006 to 2009 Mr. Sareva served as Chief of the Disarmament and Peace Affairs Branch at the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) of the UN Secretariat in New York, and as Secretary of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the General Assembly. Prior to joining DGACM, Mr. Sareva was Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN in New York, during which time he served, inter alia, as Chairman of the First Committee. Mr. Sareva served as Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council, from 2001 to 2002. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Sareva was Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the President of the 55th session of the United Nations General Assembly (Millennium Assembly). During that time, he guided the work of the Cabinet during a record number of major conferences and special sessions of UNGA, including the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. The Presidency was widely appreciated for successfully integrating the various UN conferences during that year under the general theme of follow-up to the September 2000 Millennium Summit. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Sareva served as Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York. He represented the European Union in the Fifth Committee during the Finnish Presidency of the EU (1999), acting as chief negotiator for the EU during the budget negotiations for the 2000-01 biennium. Mr. Sareva's prior diplomatic experience includes two tours of duty at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow, including as Deputy Chief of Mission from 1996 to 1998. He has also served as Director of Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki, as First Secretary at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. and as Counselor at the Finnish Mission to the CSCE (now OSCE) in Vienna. Mr. Sareva holds an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Sc. (Political science) from the University of Turku in Finland. From 1989 to 1990, he spent an academic year in postgraduate training on leave from MFA at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research is a voluntarily funded autonomous institute within the United Nations. An impartial actor, the Institute generates ideas and promotes action on disarmament and security. Based in Geneva, UNIDIR is centrally positioned to assist the international community in developing the practical, innovative thinking needed to find solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow. UNIDIR brings together states, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia so that we may work together—internationally, regionally and locally—to build and implement creative solutions that will benefit all states and peoples. Our Vision The Institute’s driving Vision is that of a world in which human security is ensured, where peace prevails over conflict, weapons of mass destruction are eliminated, conventional arms proliferation is avoided, and reduced military spending accompanies global development and prosperity as envisioned in Article 26 of the United Nations Charter. UNIDIR thus seeks to serve as an agent of progressive change towards those goals. Our Mission The Mission of the Institute is to assist the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. Through its research and educational efforts, UNIDIR seeks to forward arms control and disarmament, contribute to conflict prevention and promote the development of a peaceful and prosperous world. UNIDIR strives to anticipate new security challenges and threats and to elaborate possible methods to address them before they become critical. Finally, UNIDIR serves as a bridge—among United Nations disarmament, security and development organizations and between the United Nations system and the broader security community—to create the necessary synergies to address and mitigate the effects of insecurity at the international, regional and local levels.


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