Introduction to Disarmament

Video Series


Why does disarmament matter? Access to weapons does not necessarily cause conflict, but it can encourage, intensify and prolong it. Disarmament and arms control play a critical role in preventing and ending crisis and armed conflict. Disarmament can also reduce an immense financial burden on societies. Did you know that the cost of one stealth fighter is enough to put 200,000 children through a year of school?

The #Intro2Disarmament video series consists of 5 short videos that explain how disarmament contributes to a safer, more peaceful and sustainable world in an easy to understand way.


Video 1

What is disarmament?


Disarmament is:

  1. The Elimination of weapons of mass destruction
  2. The regulation of conventional weapons and balanced reduction of armed forces
  3. Making sure that new technologies are used in line with international norms


Video 2

Disarmament in the 21st century – An overview of the Pillars of the Disarmament Agenda

This video introduces audiences to “Securing our Common Future”, the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament. The Agenda is based on four key pillars designed to bring the objectives of disarmament into the 21st century. Examining each of the pillars, this video looks at how we approach disarmament today.

  1. Disarmament to save humanity
  2. Disarmament that saves lives
  3. Disarmament for future generations
  4. Strengthening partnerships for disarmament


Video 3

 How does disarmament and arms control work?

This video takes a look at the processes and mechanisms behind modern disarmament and arms control, and how we work together to realise disarmament goals.


Video 4

Disarmament and the Sustainable Development Goals

Here we take a look at the vital role disarmament and arms control play in achieving the sustainable development goals.


Video 5 

How to engage

In this video we look at how individuals can engage with disarmament, and the importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination at all levels. We also look at the need to engage with more diverse groups to bring new perspectives, expertise and ideas to the table.

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