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Disarmament and Conflict Prevention in Development Cooperation
Proceedings of an International Conference, 30–31 August 1999

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Release date: 2000-01

This collection of papers summarizes the presentations made at the conference entitled "The Contribution of Disarmament and Conversion to Conflict Prevention and its Relevance for Development Cooperation", held in Bonn, Germany, on 30-31 August 1999.

The conference which was organized by BICC in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia was to facilitate a dialogue between several-often distinct and separated-communities: the arms control, disarmament and conversion community, the conflict prevention and conflict management community, and the development cooperation community.

The BICC conference presented an opportunity for participants to discuss topics which were at the core of the shaping of international relations: conflicts and conflict prevention, disarmament and conversion as well as human development. The conference gave an opportunity to exchange views on concepts and, more importantly, to share practical experiences. Since all of these communities can profit from the work of the others, the idea was to foster the linkage between such different issue areas.