Disarmament: A Basic Guide

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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.



The non-proliferation treaty

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), was adopted in 1968, came into force in 1970, and was indefinitely extended in 1995. It now has 187 States parties. Five of them are nuclear-weapon States (Britain, China, France, Russian Federation, United States), pledged to negotiate in good faith to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The rest of the membership is committed not to develop, acquire or possess nuclear weapons. The Treaty is generally viewed as a cornerstone of international nuclear security.


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