The United Nations works for disarmament and the security and welfare of children by:

Promoting follow-up to the Programme of Action of the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects, including any initiatives that directly affect children

Advocating the need to reduce military budgets and allocating more resources to development, health, education and environmental protection, thus contributing to the achievement of the goals set forth in the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Promoting disarmament education in a culture of peace, and supporting the hopes of young people for a safer world with no weapons of mass destruction, reduced proliferation of small arms and the complete elimination of landmines

Cooperating with civil society engaged in raising awareness among youth and children through information and education programmes on disarmament, conflict resolution and peace

Engaging children through schools and youth groups in support of community-wide weapons collection and weapons for development programmes

Cooperating with other agencies to ensure that the special needs of children, girls and boys, in post-conflict situations, including those of child soldiers, are considered in disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, repatriation and resettlement programmes (DDRRR)

Advocating and engaging in consciousness-raising activities about landmines. The United Nations is taking a lead role in developing materials that stigmatize the use of landmines and support a global ban