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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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Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons and prevention of nuclear war

In the Final Document of its tenth special session, held in 1978, the General Assembly declared that removing the threat of a nuclear war was the “most urgent task of the present day” That view has been repeatedly reaffirmed since then by most States, including the two major nuclear Powers. The Soviet Union first officially announced at the twelfth special session of the General Assembly, in 1982, its solemn commitment never to be the first to use nuclear weapons (see below). President Reagan of the United States, addressing the General Assembly the following year, declared: “ A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

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