Scholarship for Peace and Security 2021

Training on Arms Control and Disarmament

Arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation are essential elements in conflict prevention and resolution. Youth, particularly women, remain chronically underrepresented in these fields. The potential of education in strengthening youth and women in contributing to achieve sustainable peace has been widely recognised. With proper training and support, young women can provide a vital contribution to peace and security.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), jointly with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), offers a training programme providing general orientation and knowledge about conflict prevention and resolution through arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, with a specific focus on OSCE-relevant instruments.

The training programme, established in 2017, is supported by the Scholarship for Peace and Security that is a joint initiative of the OSCE and the UNODA at Vienna, in partnership with a number of organisations whose work contributes to arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related issues.

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The 4th edition of the Scholarship for Peace and Security training programme was launched in May 2021 with participation by some 150 young professionals from 62 OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation.

The programme places particular emphasis on encouraging the participation of women to contribute diminishing the gender gap in these fields. In this year's edition, 131 of the 150 participants are women.

What will participants learn?

This course introduces participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of:
  • Conflict cycle, including conflict prevention and resolution
  • Arms control, confidence and security building measures
  • Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear security
  • Combatting illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons
  • Conventional weapons and ammunition
  • Disarmament and development
  • Gender aspects
  • Peace and development-related technologies

The programme consists of two components:

  • An interactive online foundation course lasting 8 weeks
  • An in-person course lasting one week to be held in Vienna (Austria), pending COVID-19 restrictions
All participants successfully completing the training course will receive an official Certificate of Completion.