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A list of publications, reports ad websites where you can find more information on disarmament.

Javier Alcalde Villacampa. International disarmament campaigns: a review of the issue. Office for the Promotion of Peace and Human Rights, 2009. Peace and human rights materials collection; 14.
This working material provides an overview of the situation in four of the most important international campaigns for disarmament and human security: anti-personnel mines, small arms and the arms trade, children soldiers and cluster bombs. The text looks at international processes and the participation of Catalan and Spanish civil society in them, and stresses the need to increase co-operation between the various initiatives.

Maxwell A. Cameron; Brian W. Tomlin; Robert J. Lawson (Eds.). To Walk without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines. Oxford University Press, 1998.
A classic work, written mainly by the key players (activists, diplomats and academics) in the global movement that achieved the prohibition of anti-personnel mines. The book was written just after this milestone was achieved and the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the international campaign and its co-ordinator Jody Williams in 1997.

John Borrie. Unacceptable Harm: A History of How the Treaty to Ban Cluster Munitions Was Won. United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, 2009.
This book, which focuses on the cluster bombs prohibition process, will be published in December 2009. The author, who has experience in the academic, research and diplomatic spheres, witnessed all the negotiations at first hand and is one of the most authoritative voices in the community of activists and diplomats to produce a report of this scope.

Jody Williams; Mary Wareham; Stephen D. Goose (Eds). Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy, and Human Security. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008.
Ten years after the signing of the anti-mines treaty, the leaders of international civil society who played a leading role reflect on the post-treaty phase of the campaign, offering their experience for initiatives in the future, as well as acknowledging their errors. The book also provides a first-hand analysis of the links between the anti-personnel mine process and the cluster bomb process.

Javier Alcalde Villacampa. The international campaign to prohibit cluster bombs: the Oslo Process. Fundació per la Pau, 2009. (in Catalan)
The report details the background and process which led to the ratification of an international treaty prohibiting cluster bombs in just over two years. It looks at how the process moved forward from its beginnings, promoted by the Norwegian government, and the signing of the treaty at the Oslo Conference in December 2008. It also considers the creation and the work done by the international network of NGOs behind the campaign, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC).


Landmine Monitor
This is the most important report on verification of states' compliance with the mine ban treaty. It is produced by a network of researchers in international civil society, and published every year in the six official languages of the United Nations.

Disarmament insight
This blog was begun in March 2007 by John Borrie of the UNIDIR and Patrick McCarty of the Geneva Forum. The starting point for the blog was to pass on the results of the UNIDIR project "Disarmament as Humanitarian Action: Making Multilateral Negotiations work (DHA)". It continues to monitor key disarmament processes and provides a viewpoint which acts as a bridge between the diplomatic community in the disarmament arena and humanitarian activists on the ground.

Second Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty
Official Website of the Second Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty. Contains information on the Cartagena Conference in November 2009, including the schedule of activities and official documents.