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UNODA Occasional Papers No.6: A Disarmament Agenda for the 21st Century, October 2002

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Defence, disarmament and the United Nations

Norms, not deterrence, have anathematized the use of nuclear weapons as unacceptable, immoral and possibly illegal under any circumstance—even for states that have assimilated them into military arsenals and integrated them into military commands and doctrines.... we face four nuclear choices in the new millennium: the status quo, proliferation, nuclear rearmament, or abolition. ... The only guarantee against the threat of nuclear war is the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. ...the chasm over which we must leap is the belief that world security can rest on weapons of total insecurity.

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