United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1999

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The volume 24 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-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 1999 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-fourth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1999.



Regional disarmament

Regional approaches to disarmament and to confidence-building measures have been applied by States to enhance their security and to address perceived security threats coming from their neighbours and others within their region. Although the Charter of the United Nations had envisaged a substantive role for regional organizations in promoting international peace and security, it was not until the end of the cold war that regional and subregional organizations assumed a more active role. The need for a regional approach to disarmament was stressed in two 1992 reports of the Secretary-General, and at its 1993 session, the Disarmament Commission (UNDC) adopted by consensus “Guidelines and recommendations for regional approaches to disarmament within the context of global security”. The three regional centres of the Department for Disarmament Affairs (DDA) provide practical support for these approaches in Africa, in Asia and the Pacific, and in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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