Issues related to the regulation and reduction of conventional arms and armed forces have been dealt with by the United Nations since its founding. The need to address conventional disarmament in a comprehensive fashion was increasingly recognized within the United Nations system during the 1980s. The international community has tackled the issue of conventional arms through two basic approaches: the banning, reduction or placing of restrictions on arms through treaties, on the one hand, and the promotion of transparency and confidence-building on the other. These approaches have been applied at subregional, regional and global levels.

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