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Action for disarmament

10 Things you can do!

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This illustrated, educational and thought-provoking book calls on the world's young people to actively mobilise and promote disarmament in 10 practical ways. It focuses on the risks posed by nuclear arms and small weapons. This book is a tool for young people to get involved in mobilising the public at large to participate in developing new strategies to reduce the threats posed by weapons. It will help young people to raise awareness of why disarmament is important for the future of all humankind as well as their own lives. It is recommended as a resource for teenagers and their parents, young adults, as well as high school and university professors, civil society and community leaders.

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Action 3: Facilitate a discussion

Facilitating a meeting about disarmament and non-proliferation can be fun; it feels good and constructive to address challenging social issues. Once you have established your group or school club, facilitation is an important skill to acquire. From the Latin word facilis, which means “easy”, facilitating is about helping a meeting or conversation to run smoothly. This can be accomplished, even when controversial issues are discussed, by making sure that all the participants get to contribute and be involved during the discussion. When talking about non-proliferation and disarmament issues, facilitation can help manage the discussion when there are differences of opinion and strongly held beliefs. As you think of a facilitator, think of a train conductor, with the conversation or meeting as the train. The facilitator/conductor is helping operate the train of communication and letting the passengers know what station or agenda item is coming up and if there is a delay on the line, like a difference of opinion, the conductor’s job is not to comment but to guide. Here are some simple steps.

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