Winter 2020     


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The Open Minds Project 


The Open Minds Project is a collection of materials produced by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to promote meaningful and inclusive participation and empowerment of youth on disarmament and non-proliferation issues. Materials included below remind us that extraordinary things are happening. This newsletter helps you find them. 


#Youth4Disarmament awarded Billion Acts of Peace Award for Best Coalition Building Project 2020


#Youth4Disarmament initiative’s video message for the Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons

Youth Special Session: New Technologies and their Impact on the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime

Screenshot of virtual meeting participants

UN Youth Champions for Disarmament experience at The Tenth NPT Review Conference: Youth and the NPT

#75words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners 

High Representative delievers address at the #Apps4DigitalPeace Awards Ceremony

Participants at the #Youth4Disarmament event “74 Years of Nuclear Disarmament and the Contribution of Youth beyond 2020” (New York, 24 January 2020)

#Youth4Disarmament featured in UN Secretary-General's Annual Report


High Representative's Message on Two Year Anniversary of the Agenda for Disarmament

High Representative's remarks at CNS Summer School on Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament for Diplomats in Latin America and the Carribean

Winners announced in first-ever Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition


High Representative's Message to the 14th High School Model UN Japan Team

Northeast Asian Youth Share Perspectives on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at Introductory Webinar

Secretary-General's Video Message to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Students weigh security implications of emerging tech in new UN workshop series

High Representative delivers Secretary-General's message to Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony

Youth discuss how to innovate responsibly and 'secure our common future', as part of the "Responsible Innovation for a Secure Environment" RISE Virtual Workshop Series

High Representative's Message to the 2020 Youth NPT Conference

Young leaders across Northeast Asia tackle challenging security questions in online education series

High Representative's Statement to "Youth and NPT" Webinar

With joint support from the African Union Commission and the United Nations youth contest for African Amnesty Month 2020 kicks off

UNODA hosted virtual webinar at UNSCC's Torino Forum 2020 on "Sustaining peace through leveraging WPS, YPS and disarmament approaches"

#75Words Heard Across the World - Youth4Disarmament Spotlight Story

Young people in Seoul host disarmament education event with former top UN official - Youth4Disarmament Spotlight Story

Finding My Own Path as a Peacebuilder


YouthChampions4Disarmament Section:


Youth Champions For Disarmament!

Today the ten 2020 Youth Champions for Disarmament began their journeys!

 Nukes, Trumpets, and the "Ultimate Goal" - UN Youth Champions Fireside Chat with Dr. Randy Rydell

ICAN, you can, we can - abolish nuclear weapons!

UN Youth Champions Participate in the Webinar "Path Forward for Nuclear Disarmament" by Hiroshima-ICAN Academy 2020

Youth Champions Discuss Weapons of Mass Destruction with UN Staff


How can action on conventional weapons help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

Civil society leaders weigh disarmament strategies for a better world

The stone left unturned


Youth leaders discuss how young people can act as “ultimate forces for change” in new Disarmament Today podcast



The End of the Training, but the Beginning of So Much More!

Helpful Resources:

Understanding the UN's Disarmament work in 10 one-minute videos

"Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!"


Online Self-paced Disarmament Training Courses



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