Disarmament: A Basic Guide

Third Edition

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International peace and security - and therefore disarmament - stand at the core of the UN mandate. This publication is designed to inform, educate and generate public understanding of the importance of multilateral action, and to rally support for it, in the field of arms limitation and disarmament. Intended primarily for the general reader, this basic guide may also be useful for the disarmament educator or trainer. It is published by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in collaboration with the NGO (non-governmental organizations) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security pursuant to the purposes of the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.

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Nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons on earth. A single bomb has the potential to destroy an entire city, kill millions and contaminate air, land and water for many kilometres around the original blast site for thousands of years. In the event of a major nuclear war, all of civilization would be threatened by the direct effects of the nuclear blasts and the resulting radiation, and by the nuclear winter that could potentially result when enormous clouds of dust are thrown into the atmosphere.

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