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.



Conventional weapons issues

Issues related to the regulation and reduction of conventional arms and armed forces have been dealt with by the United Nations since its founding. The need to address conventional disarmament in a comprehensive fashion was increasingly recognized within the United Nations system during the 1980s. The international community has tackled the issue of conventional arms through two basic approaches: the banning, reduction or placing of restrictions on arms through treaties, on the one hand, and the promotion of transparency and confidence-building on the other. These approaches have been applied at subregional, regional and global levels.


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