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.



New communication tools in disarmament education: Using social media and technologies to enhance cross-cultural movement building

There are few things that have been as revolutionary as the Internet. Connecting individuals from distant corners of the Earth, the Internet has impacted both the volume of discussion and the diversity of discussants, and thus the discussion itself. As such, human security concerns have been redefined through new media and social technology, widening the space for public discourse on issues of global concern, including disarmament and other facets of international security. Commonly known as Web 2.0, social media tools and networking technologies have altered the rules of engagement for diplomacy, both official and unofficial. Human security challenges are no longer confined to State officials and United Nations staff, but are open to a growing number of young professionals and avid social networkers worldwide who have the capability to follow and, more importantly, contribute valuable perspectives to these issues.


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