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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1978

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The volume 3 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.

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Consideration of general and complete disarmament

The very first resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, resolution 1 (I), dealt with disarmament. Since then there have been over 300 resolutions of the Assembly on disarmament and related matters, and through the years many of them have been implemented. This is reflected in various achievements, such as the establishment from time to time of bodies to deal, in one manner or another, with the question of disarmament; the convening of various conferences, committees and study groups on particular aspects of the over-all question; and the conclusion and bringing into effect of a number of significant international treaties and conventions providing for various measures of arms control and limitation. However, many of the resolutions did not result in any concrete action. Moreover, the international instruments so far achieved have been largely in the area of the regulation of arms rather than of their reduction or elimination. Thus the arms race, which has gone on during three decades, continues to be a cause of grave and growing concern.

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