United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1987

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The volume 12 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-second 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 1987 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.



United Nations disarmament bodies and their activities in 1987

According to the Charter of the United Nations, one of the purposes of the Organization is “to maintain international peace and security” (Article 1). The Charter empowers the General Assembly to consider the general principles of co-operation in the maintenance of those goals, including the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments, and to make recommendations regarding them to the Members of the Organization or to the Security Council or to both (Article 11). “In order to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources”, the Security Council is charged with the task of formulating plans to be submitted to the Members of the United Nations for the establishment of a system for the regulation of armaments (Article 26).


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