United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2004

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The volume 29 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-ninth 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 2004 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2004.



Conventional weapons issues

Issues related to the regulation and reduction of conventional arms and armed forces have been on the disarmament agenda of the United Nations since its creation. In the 1950s, the General Assembly dealt with disarmament in the context of ways and means to achieve the regulation, limitation and balanced reduction of all armed forces and all armaments and to achieve general and complete disarmament. In 1999, the Disarmament Commission adopted guidelines on conventional arms control with an emphasis on practical disarmament measures.


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