United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1996

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The volume 21 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-first 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 1996 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-first session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1996.



Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban treaty

The adoption of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, (CTBT) declared the Secretary-General upon opening the Treaty for signature on 24 September 1996, was a bold act by the General Assembly that realized a long-standing objective of the international community. In fact the issue of banning nuclear test explosions has been on the agenda of multilateral, trilateral and bilateral negotiations and deliberations for more than 40 years. Its conclusion thus marked a milestone in the history of efforts in favour of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.


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