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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1990

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The volume 15 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-fifth 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 1990 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the forty-fifth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1990.

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Cessation of all nuclear-test explosions

Since 1957, when the discontinuance of nuclear-weapon tests was first considered as a separate issue by the General Assembly, United Nations efforts towards that goal have been unending. Over the years, it became usual for the Assembly to adopt competing resolutions on the question, some referring to nuclear-weapon tests and others to nuclear-test explosions. In the light of increased environmental and regional concerns, and with the establishment of a system for the reporting of acknowledged or detected nuclear explosive testing to the United Nations, both the issue and the goal are now widely accepted as encompassing all nuclear-test explosions. The more contentious issues are how best to achieve a test ban and with what priority in the context of nuclear disarmament.

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