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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1984

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The volume 9 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

A Comprehensive Solution to the Problem of Disarmament has been on the agenda of international deliberative and negotiating forums within or outside the United Nations almost since the end of the Second World War. Under the Charter, the Member States solemnly committed themselves to the purposes and principles of the Organization, the primary purpose being “to maintain international peace and security” (Article 1). In order to promote that purpose “with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources” (Article 26), they conferred specific responsibilities in connection with disarmament and the regulation of armaments on the Security Council and the General Assembly. The first resolution of the General Assembly, adopted on 24 January 1946, established the Atomic Energy Commission and stated, in the Commission’s terms of reference, that it should make specific proposals, inter alia, “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. Until 1950, separate negotiations were held in the two Commissions.

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