UNODA Occasional Papers No. 31, December 2017

Celebrating 15 Years of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education

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This edition of the Occasional Paper, published by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education, which was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in 2002 (A/57/124). It contains contributions from experts from around the world, which showcase fresh perspectives, new ideas and innovations in disarmament and non-proliferation education.



Revisiting disarmament and non-proliferation education

On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the preparation of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts report on disarmament and non-proliferation education (A/57/124), it is appropriate to revisit the report and take stock of the implementation of its recommendations. Having drafted the discussion paper for the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters that gave rise to the Expert Group, I take particular pleasure in noting those areas in which the recommendations of that body have been successfully implemented. However, it also is necessary to acknowledge a number of areas in which more work is needed. Rather than attempt to provide a thorough assessment of the implementation of the United Nations Study, I will limit my analysis primarily to several of its key recommendations dealing with evolving pedagogic methods. I will also discuss the extent to which some of the recommendations dealing with “next stages and implementation” have in fact been implemented.


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