Civil Society and Disarmament 2012

Applying a Disarmament Lens to Gender Human Rights, Development, Security, Education and Communication: Six Essays

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This publication contains essays by representatives of civil society organizations. The Office for Disarmament Affairs is publishing this publication within the context of General Assembly resolution 65/81 on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme and Resolution 65/77 on the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. This material is being made available in order to further an informed debate on topical issues of arms limitation, disarmament and security.



Merging disarmament and development priorities

With barely three years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the international community has an excellent opportunity to assess and readjust its spending priorities towards advancing human security, gender equality and sustainable development. However, the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Report, produced by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), notes that “unmet commitments, inadequate resources, lack of focus and accountability, and insufficient dedication to sustainable development have created shortfalls in many areas”. Some of these shortfalls, the report explains, were aggravated by the global food, climate, economic and financial crises, as well as armed conflict. The report estimates that poverty rates will continue to increase throughout the world as a result of the persisting global economic crisis.


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