United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1988

image of United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1988
The volume 13 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-third 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 1988 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the forty-third session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1988.



Cessation of Nuclear-Weapon tests

Efforts aimed at the complete cessation of nuclear-weapon tests have been pursued since 1957 as an independent subject on the nuclear disarmament agenda. A first step towards this objective was the conclusion in 1963 of the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water (the partial test-ban Treaty). In the preamble, the original parties, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States, state that they seek to achieve “the discontinuance of all test explosions of nuclear weapons for all time” and express their determination to continue negotiations to that end. Two other nuclear-weapon States, China and France, have not become parties but, since 1980 and 1974 respectively, they have in fact conducted only underground tests. As France had done in 1974, China, in 1986, stated formally that it would not conduct atmospheric tests in the future.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error