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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Children and armed conflict

Over the last several decades, the face of war has changed dramatically as civilians are increasingly targeted. Children are the primary victims of armed conflict and their suffering wears many faces. More than two million children have been killed in war zones over the past two decades, according to www. securitycouncilreport.org. Another six million have been maimed or permanently disabled. Countless more children have been made orphans, abducted, deprived of education and healthcare, and left with deep emotional scars.

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