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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2006

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The volume 31 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the sixty-first 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 2006 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2006.

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Biological and chemical weapons

The sixth review conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) was held from 20 November to 8 December, subsequent to the Preparatory Committee held in April. The Review Conference succeeded in comprehensively reviewing the Convention, adopting a final document by consensus. It also decided on specific and concrete measures to strengthen the implementation of the Convention. The States parties adopted a detailed plan for promoting universal adherence, and decided to update and streamline the procedures for submission and distribution of the Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs). They also adopted a comprehensive intersessional programme spanning from 2007 to 2010. In a significant development, the Conference agreed to establish an Implementation Support Unit (ISU) to assist States parties in implementing the Convention.

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