Disarmament: A Basic Guide
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Disarmament: A Basic Guide

Second Edition

International peace and security - and therefore disarmament - stand at the core of the UN mandate. This publication is designed to inform, educate and generate public understanding of the importance of multilateral action, and to rally support for it, in the field of arms limitation and disarmament. Intended primarily for the general reader, this basic guide may also be useful for the disarmament educator or trainer. It is published by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in collaboration with the NGO (non-governmental organizations) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security pursuant to the purposes of the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.

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Melissa Gillis

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THERE ARE MANY HUNDREDS of civil society organisations globally advocating for arms control and disarmament. Without their decades of work, and the support and involvement of individuals worldwide, the disarmament agenda would not be as prominent as it is today, nor would it have advanced as far as it has. Without public engagement, the world’s leaders would not be seriously discussing issues of importance today, such as nuclear disarmament, regulation of the global arms trade and banning fissile materials.