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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1985

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The volume 10 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fortieth session of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption. It summarizes developments and trends in 1985 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fortieth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1985.

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Comprehensive programme of disarmament

A Comprehensive Approach to Disarmament Can be Said to have its roots in article 11 of the Charter of the United Nations, which empowered the General Assembly to consider “ principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments” and to make recommendations on such principles to Member States or the Security Council or both. It received an impetus in 1969, when, in reference to a proposal for the designation of the 1970s as a Disarmament Decade, the Secretary-General, U Thant, expressed the view that the General Assembly could establish a specific programme and timetable for dealing with all aspects of arms limitation and disarmament. The Assembly, welcoming the suggestion, adopted resolution 2602 E (XXIV), by which it requested the CCD, while continuing intensive negotiations on collateral measures, to work out at the same time a comprehensive programme dealing with all aspects of the problem of the cessation of the arms race and general and complete disarmament under effective international control.

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