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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.

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Encouraging government efforts to increase participation of women in disarmament policy, education and advocacy

According to estimates from Amnesty International, 250,000 people are killed each year in situations of armed conflict and another 490,000 from firearms in non-armed conflict situations. SIPRI reports that the world’s annual military spending in 2008 was roughly US$ 1.5 trillion. At the same time, the world would require as little as US$ 19 billion a year to eliminate starvation and malnutrition.

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