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.



Prevention of nuclear war

Removing the threat of a nuclear war, the General Assembly formally stated at its tenth special session, in 1978, was the “most urgent task of the present day”. That view has been reaffirmed at each of the Assembly’s subsequent regular sessions. At the twelfth special session, in 1982, the Soviet Union made a solemn commitment never to be the first to use nuclear weapons. 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.” However, while there obviously exists a wide consensus on the principle, there are profound differences on its implementation.


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