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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2000

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The volume 25 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-fifth 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 2000 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2000.

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Conventional weapons issues

Questions related to conventional weapons and armed forces have been discussed in different bodies of the United Nations since its creation. Except for efforts in the 1950s and early 1960s to discuss them in the framework of general and complete disarmament, the emphasis has been on weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons. While recognizing the need to address conventional weapons, most non-nuclear-weapon States, especially non-aligned countries, have felt the urgency to make progress in nuclear disarmament. As a result, very limited measures have been undertaken, and most of them have been at the regional level. The first global agreement to prohibit or restrict the use of certain conventional weapons was reached in 1981, when the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) and its three Protocols were signed.

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