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.



Institutional aspects

The General Assembly and the Security Council are the main organs under the Charter dealing with matters of disarmament and the regulation of armament. The existing disarmament machinery, as set out in the Final Document of the General Assembly at its first special session devoted to disarmament, in 1978, has remained essentially the same. It consists of the General Assembly and its two subsidiary bodies, namely, the First Committee and the Disarmament Commission (UNDC), and the Conference on Disarmament (CD)—the “single multilateral negotiating forum” on disarmament of the international community. In addition, questions of disarmament are dealt with in other international frameworks established on the basis of multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements.


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