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.



The role of non-nuclear-weapon states to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons

It is often bemoaned that the role of non-nuclear-weapon States in creating a world without nuclear weapons is limited, as the onus to disarm seems to rely almost exclusively on the nuclear “haves”—the five recognized nuclear-weapon States that hold permanent seats in the Security Council. A similar responsibility exists for States that have publicly declared their possession of nuclear weapons, including India and Pakistan as well as other States that do not adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), such as Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


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