UNODA Occasional Papers No.1: Towards a World Free from Nuclear Weapons – Why South Africa gave up the Nuclear Option, July 1999

The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community. South Africa emerged as a shining example to the struggle for a nuclear-weapons-free world. With the voluntary dismantling of its nuclear weapons capacity, South Africa took its place in history as the first country to take such a step. This publication presents a discussion on South Africa's position and what it should mean to other countries with nuclear weapons capacity.

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