This issue of Disarmament Forum explores the relationship between disarmament and development using the example of landmines. Demining and stockpile destruction, the ‘disarmament’ elements of mine action, are essential for the successful development of a mine-affected country. However, demining has traditionally been seen as a precursor to development—once the disarmament phase is complete, the development phase can begin. At current rates, some countries face years of demining activities—their development objectives cannot wait. Disarmament must be integrated into long-term development plans from their conception. This understanding is slowly taking hold, and has resulted in mine action being at the forefront of thinking on the practical implications of the relationship between disarmament and development.

Citation: Kerstin Vignard (ed.) (2003). "Disarmament Forum: Disarmament, Development and Mine Action", UNIDIR, Geneva.

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  • Editor’s note, Kerstin Vignard
  • Special Comment, Ambassador Wolfgang  Petritsch
  • Beyond the peace dividend—disarmament, development and security, Kerstin Vignard
  • Mine action and development: merging strategies, Judy Grayson
  • Determining disarmament and development priorities—the case of mine action, Sara M. Sekkenes
  • The role of the military in mine action, Ian Mansfield
  • Paving the bridge between disarmament and development: resources generated by the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Kerry Brinkert
  • Disarmament and Development References, compiled by Melissa Mott
  • Disarmament and development: a South African perspective, C. Nontombi Makupula
  • UNIDIR Focus