Disarmament: A Basic Guide

Second 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.



Children and armed conflict

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, the face of war has changed dramatically. Increasingly women and children are casualties of war, as civilian populations are targeted. More than two million children have been killed in armed conflict and another six million have been permanently disabled in the past 20 years. More than 250,000 children have been exploited as child soldiers around the globe. Thousands of them have been subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence. Boys and girls have been abducted from their homes and communities in unprecedented numbers.


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