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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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Biological weapons

Biological warfare and bioterrorism involve the deliberate use of biological agents (such as viruses and bacteria) as weapons against humans, animals or plants. In addition to causing serious illness and death, the use of such weapons could result in widespread disruption and immense economic harm. Rapid advances in life sciences and the globalization of biotechnology make this an area of growing concern.

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