Acronym Institute is a non-profit organisation and our work focuses primarily on Security, Disarmament, Women and Peace-building issues. Its purpose is to draw attention to the interconnected human and environmental challenges that have become most urgent for humanity's survival.
Acronym was founded in 1996, and one of our current priorities, as a founding member of the Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is bringing renewed awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Connecting with states and civil society who want to reduce these nuclear threats, It is prioritising getting a legally binding, international treaty to prohibit the use, deployment, proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and require their total elimination. This treaty is long overdue.
The Acronym Institute has provided research, analysis and strategies for disarmament and peace for more than 20 years.
The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy began life in 1994, through the investigative work and monitoring of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations, the Conference on Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty developments carried out by Dr Rebecca Johnson on behalf of an ‘Acronym Consortium’ of several NGOs. Following the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, the consortium dissolved and in 1996 Dr Johnson established an independent NGO, which became The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.
The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy conducts research and disseminates ideas, analyses and strategies on: peace and human security; disarmament; arms control; non-proliferation; environmental sustainability; women’s security, rights and democratic participation; and international law and human rights, including international humanitarian law. We organize and participate in meetings to promote disarmament and security, nonviolent solutions to conflicts and ways to reduce militarization and weapons build-ups. It engages with policy-makers and opinion-formers and assist in the education of the public and elected representatives on debates, policies and negotiations on human, national and international peace and security, including the effects of weapons, security doctrines and disarmament.
The Acronym Institute’s work is carried out by a small staff team and overseen by a Board of Directors.
At present, the institute receives funding support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Network for Social Change, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Education Trust and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation.