The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), headquartered in Lima, Peru, was created by a UN General Assembly resolution in 1986. The Regional Disarmament Branch (RDB), one of five branches of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York, oversees and coordinates the activities of UNLIREC and the other two regional disarmament centres for peace and disarmament in Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. UNLIREC is the only UN regional entity specialized in disarmament and non-proliferation in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Its main function is to translate the decisions, instruments and commitments of Member States in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation into action, at national, sub-regional and regional levels. In short, UNLIREC supports Latin American and Caribbean States in achieving and maintaining peace and security through disarmament. All UNLIREC's programmes and projects are undertaken upon request by Member States and rely exclusively on voluntary contributions. UNLIREC is committed to mainstreaming gender perspectives and promoting the contribution of women in all its activities and programmes. Mandate UNLIREC was created to support 33 Latin American and Caribbean States in their implementation of peace and disarmament measures and…