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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1989

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The volume 14 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-fourth 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 1989 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.

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The third review conference of the parties to the sea-bed treaty

The Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof (the sea-bed Treaty), concluded in 1971, represents an important step towards preventing an arms race in the vast area at the bottom of the seas and oceans that cover two thirds of the surface of the globe. The concern of the United Nations regarding the sea-bed—not only its military but also its economic potential—began to be expressed in 1967. At the session of the General Assembly that year, Malta raised the question of international action to regulate the uses of the sea-bed and to ensure that the exploitation of the area would be for peaceful purposes only and for the benefit of all mankind.

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