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First Biennial Report of the Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education

The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 57/60, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. It gives information received from Member States, on statements made in the First Committee on activities of the United Nations and other international organizations and by non-governmental organizations. It relates that information to the 34 recommendations made in the United Nations study and should be read in conjunction with them.

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59-th session of the UN General Assembly, 23 July 2004