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The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which kicks off on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (24 October), was first called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly’s 1978 special session on disarmament. The document called for abandoning the use of force in international relations and seeking security in disarmament.  

The UN document “Securing Our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament” outlined 4 sections:  Disarmament to save humanity, disarmament that saves lives, disarmament for future generations, and strengthening partnerships for disarmament.  Global goals for disarmament are vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.  Weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, threaten the very life of the planet and therefore demands their elimination.  Although disarmament alone will not bring world peace, elimination of weapons of mass destruction, illicit arms trafficking, and burgeoning weapons stockpiles would advance both peace and development goals.  Over the last century, wars and preparations for war have consumed the resources of our earth and cost the lives of millions of civilians.  This kind of wasted resources, paid for in human suffering, is no longer tenable.  All nations recognize the global dangers posed by such weapons, yet the dangers cannot be eliminated by the actions of any one country.  The UN is leading the effort toward step-by-step disarmament for the good of all.   

For more information go to https://www.un.org/disarmament/sg-agenda/en/  

God, we long for peace, yet too often we bow in worship to the idols of weapons to “keep us safe”.  Help us to realize that our safety is never guaranteed, but our hope must always be in your love and care for us.  Change our heats so that we forever forsake war as a way to solve differences among individuals and nations.  Let us turn toward one another with respect, listening to each other’s concerns and seeking solutions that serve the common good.