Our main task is to represent the Netherlands at the Geneva-based permanent Conference on Disarmament and at the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations. This body meets in New York every year in October and deals with disarmament and international security. Other disarmament issues belong to our responsibility as well, such as Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Biological Weapons, Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Small Arms.
The Netherlands has a strong tradition of playing an active and creative role in disarmament affairs. In our contacts, we engage as a matter of routine other countries' Delegations, international organizations, UN bodies, representatives from the academic world and non-governmental organisations on these important matters.