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I haven't heard anyone talk about the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) – it seems that their programmes/focus areas overlap with a few of EA's cause areas:

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction: mainly nuclear non-proliferation, also biological and chemical weapons
  • Security and Technology: AI, cybersecurity, and even brain-computer interfaces (mainly around how these interface with weapons systems)
  • Space Security: space governance and norms
  • Global Peace: especially around managing exits from armed conflict and building the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone
  • even Gender and Disarmament to tackle violence against women and girls

I was particularly impressed by their AI Policy Portal, which tracks each country’s approach to governance frameworks, practices, and cooperation.

Unfortunately, like most UN institutes, their fellowships and programmes tend to be unpaid. Could be worth applying to some if you can afford it, for the experience and connections!


This is Joshua, I work on the biosecurity program at the philanthropic advisor Effective Giving. In 2021, we recommended two grants to UNIDIR's work on biological risks, e.g. this report on stakeholder perspectives on the Biological Weapons Convention, which you might find interesting.

Hi Joshua,

Thanks for the information and the link to the report! Glad to hear that they are a part of the EA extended universe :)

Doing some BOTECs and looking for the total number of attendees at EAG SF 2022, EAG DC 2022, EAGxVirtual 2022, and EAG London 2023. Does anyone happen to have these numbers?

Hi Jessica, EAG attendee numbers are listed in CEA's public dashboard.

Thanks Allison!

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