On Tuesday, April 15, the UN Department of Public Information and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs held a book launch event at the Dag Hammarskjold Library in UN Headquarters in New York City. The book was authored by our friend Dr. Kathleen Sullivan and Bill Yotive and is entitled Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!
Students from the UN International School were among those in the audience and three students ended the program by performing an original rap they wrote after being inspired by a class on nuclear nonproliferation they took at school.
About the book, from the UN website:
In a world where weapons small and large remain a threat to humanity, the United Nations’ new book “Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!” shows youths actionable steps they can take to personally lead the call for disarmament. The book presents a variety of resources for the reader to learn about history and modern uses of weapons: guns, bombs, nuclear and biological weapons.
The reader is encouraged to use that knowledge to foster a dialog with peers, the media and politicians. Suggestions are given for points of discussion as well as methods to tailor them to be concise and have impact. The action-driven format of the book makes it both an excellent primer on disarmament and also one on civic engagement.
Speakers at yesterday’s event included UN Messenger of Peace and actor, Michael Douglas, and the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane. The photo above shows authors Kathleen and Bill engaging the students in the audience in a quiz from their book, and giving those who answered copies that were signed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.
To order your copy of this fantastic book, please click here. You can also find out more about the great disarmament education work Dr. Kathleen Sullivan does at Hibakusha Stores by clicking here. She was also involved in creating the UN Cyber School Bus, which you can find here.