United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1986

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The volume 11 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-first 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 1986 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.



Cessation of Nuclear-Weapon tests

Efforts aimed at the complete cessation of nuclear-weapon tests, prompted initially by political and military considerations, but also by anxiety about the possible effects of radioactive fall-out from such tests, have been going on since 1954 as an independent item on the nuclear disarmament agenda. In the 1978 Final Document, the General Assembly identified the cessation of nuclear-weapon tests as a most important initial measure in working towards the highest priority requirement of nuclear disarmament. The item has been accorded ever-growing attention since then, as a comprehensive test ban has been increasingly regarded as overdue and it has become more and more widely postulated that the complete cessation of nuclear-weapon tests is the sine qua non for halting and reversing the nuclear-arms race.


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