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Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN’s top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

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No Going Back: What Could the Resumption of Nuclear Testing Mean for A New Normality?

Any and all progress made toward controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as their elimination, are placed in jeopardy by the possibility of the resumption of nuclear testing. Peace educators must give serious and immediate attention to this Statement from Abolition 2000 if we are to achieve the renewed normality that we have begun to contemplate.

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CORONA CONNECTIONS: An Inquiry into Plowshares and Pandemics

“Corona Connections: Learning for a Renewed World” is a special series exploring the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it relates to other peace education issues. This inquiry explores the interrelationships between the causes, characteristics and potential consequences of the threats posed by nuclear weapons and global pandemics.

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How the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the work of disarmament at the UN

In the 75-year history of the UN, the folly of seeking security in vast destructive arsenals has never been clearer. Nor has the need to finally put the brakes on this deadly addiction. Recognizing this, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs remains fully active and committed to the important work of disarmament – including advancing disarmament education.

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Learning to Disarm

This is the final post of the retrospective series revisiting Betty Reardon’ six decades of publications in peace education.  “Learning to Disarm” is both a summary of some of the constant core concepts and normative convictions that have infused her work for the last four decades and a call to view peace education as an essential strategy for the implementation of the proposals and politics of peace.

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Teaching toward Nuclear Abolition: Disarmament Week 2018

First called for in 1978 in the Final Document of the UN’s first Special Session on Disarmament, Disarmament Week begins on the anniversary of the founding of the UN. It is a time for peace educators to address the problems and possibilities that arise in striving toward what Elise Boulding referred to as a “weapons free world.” As the Global Campaign for Peace Education’s contribution to the aims of the week, we offer materials to initiate discussion of the abolition of nuclear weapons, and contemplating the writing of a “new history.”

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“Let Us Examine Our Attitude toward Peace”

This article is the first in a series exploring Betty Reardon’s six decades of peacelearning. Here Betty comments on her 1968 co-edited collection on world order: “Let Us Examine Our Attitude toward Peace: An Inquiry into Some of the Political and Psychological Barriers to World Peace.” She asks readers how the 1963 discourse on disarmament and the abolition of nuclear weapons by Pope John XIII and President John F. Kennedy might remain relevant to peace educators today.

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