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.



Institutional aspects

The framework for dealing with questions of disarmament, both within and outside the United Nations, has changed over the years in response to efforts to address more adequately the concerns of the international community. Under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly and the Security Council are the main organs dealing with matters of disarmament and the regulation of armaments. The existing disarmament machinery, which was agreed upon at the General Assembly’s first special session on disarmament, in 1978, has remained essentially the same. It consists of the General Assembly and its relevant subsidiary bodies, namely the Disarmament Commission and the First Committee, and the Conference on Disarmament—the “single multilateral negotiating forum”. In addition, questions of disarmament are dealt with in other institutional frameworks established on the basis of multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements.


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