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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1983

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The volume 8 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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The question of general and complete disarmament

The question of general and complete disarmament has been on the agenda of international deliberative and negotiating bodies within or outside the United Nations almost since the end of the Second World War. Although the provisions of the United Nations Charter dealing with disarmament and the regulation of armaments are not elaborated in detail and do not refer to nuclear weapons — which the Charter predated— the first resolution adopted by the General Assembly, resolution 1 (I) of 24 January 1946, established the Atomic Energy Commission and stated, in the Commission’s terms of reference, inter alia, that it “shall make specific proposals for the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction”. A year later, on 13 February 1947, the Security Council established a second body, the Commission for Conventional Armaments.

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