The week of 24th October to 30th October is observed by the United Nations as Disarmament Week, a week to acknowledge and raise public awareness of the important task of global disarmament.
Since the birth of the United Nations, the goals of multilateral disarmament and arms limitation have been deemed central to the maintenance of international peace and security. These goals range from reducing and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons, destroying chemical weapons and strengthening the prohibition against biological weapons, to halting the proliferation of landmines, small arms and light weapons.
Information on why disarmament is a major point of focus for the United Nations can be found at these links:
The United Nations Disarmament Education website offers many free resources available for download. Documents available include resources for teachers and students, guides for religious leaders and communities, films, podcasts and more. Head to www.un.org/disarmament/education to find resources suitable for use in your own community.
Disarmament: A Basic Guide explains why disarmament is important and the issues surrounding in terms that can be understood by both adults and high school students. The guide is free to download and can be found here.