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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1992

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The volume 17 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-seven 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 1992 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the forty-seventh session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1992.

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Economic aspects of disarmament

There is a close link between armaments, disarmament and economics. It finds official recognition in Article 26 of the Charter of the United Nations, which calls on the Security Council “to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources”. In this context, the possibility of reducing the huge financial, material and human resources devoted to the military sector and reallocating part of them to the civilian sector of national economies has been the object of deliberations within the framework of the United Nations for well over three decades. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the subject has received fresh attention on the part of the international community in the light of the momentous changes in the political environment brought about by the end of the cold war. These, however, have not yet had a major impact on military budgets and the reallocation of resources from military to civilian endeavours.

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