United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2001

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The volume 26 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-sixth 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 2001 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2001.




After years of warnings from international political leaders and strategic experts, “asymmetric warfare” finally made its spectacular debut on 11 September 2001—when over three thousand innocent citizens from dozens of countries lost their lives in a series of brutal terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. While the world responded with an unprecedented display of unity in condemning these tragic acts and in defeating the regime that facilitated them, the tragedy has underscored an even darker fear that has deepened so soon after the Millennium celebrations: the danger that a state or non-state actor may one day, perhaps soon, resort to the use of weapons of mass destruction.


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