The UN Secretary-General has noted that the UN, governments and civil society all have a role to play in nuclear disarmament. Publications by one arm of the UN show that there is also a role for children and youth.
Disarmament Week, a United Nations (UN) week of observance held every year from October 24-30, kicked off yesterday. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, children, youth and education may be key ingredients in the process of nuclear disarmament.
A decade ago, the UN convened a group of governmental experts to study disarmament and non-proliferation education. As published by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the group found that “disarmament and non-proliferation education and training is a lifelong and multifaceted process. . . . It is a building block, a base of theoretical and practical knowledge that allows individuals to choose for themselves values that reject violence, resolve conflicts peacefully and sustain a culture of peace.”
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