UNODA promotes disarmament education

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs staff briefed students in Geneva on June 11 about issues relating to disarmament.

The students came on a trip from the Anglo European School, which is located in Essex, U.K. They came to tour the UNODA and were particularly interested in disarmament subjects. The students were led by David Barrs and his colleague Jo Follet.

ichard Lennane, the head of the implementation support unit of the biological weapons convention, spoke with the students during their visit. Silvia Mercogliano, the political affairs officer on the Conference on Disarmament, also gave a brief speech.

"It was amazing to see the people behind the scenes and actually see work put in action as well," one of the students said.

The students were also able to go to a plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament, which was established by the General Assembly to be the single negotiating forum of the international community.

"Visiting the U.N. was an opportunity for our young people to see how the world works. Observing the CD helped them understand the challenges involved in making the world a better place," a faculty member said.