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.



Comprehensive programme of disarmament

A Comprehensive Approach to Disarmament has its roots in article 11 of the Charter of the United Nations, which empowers 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. In 1969, the then Secretary-General, U Thant, in the context of a proposal to designate the 1970s a “disarmament decade”, 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 adopted resolution 2602 E (XXIV), requesting 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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