PACDAC is a committee of experts that advises the Government on disarmament and arms control. It was established by the 1987 New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act.

PACDAC's main responsibilities are to:

  • advise the Foreign Affairs Minister on disarmament and arms control issues
  • advise the Prime Minister on the implementation of the Act
  • publish public reports about our disarmament and arms control policies and activities
  • make recommendations for granting money to projects that promote the public understanding of disarmament and arms control.

The committee has nine members – eight are appointed by the Foreign Affairs Minister who also designates a government minister as the chair. Members serve on the committee for up to three years but may be reappointed after that time. PACDAC meets in Wellington two to three times a year for up to a day.

MFAT’s International Security and Disarmament Division (ISED) acts as secretariat to the committee. At its meetings, PACDAC receives briefings on current disarmament and arms control issues from MFAT. 

PACDAC work

Briefings and focus groups - PACDAC focus groups are responsible for developing advice to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister.

Grants - PACDAC is responsible for making recommendations on the allocation of grants from the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) and the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund (DEUNIF). These funds are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Set up in 1988, the objective of PADET is to promote international peace, arms control and disarmament through education. The trust makes one-off grants for projects, and provides scholarships for postgraduate research.

DEUNIF was set up in 2004 by our Government to provide funds to non-government organisations to implement disarmament education programmes. 

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