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.



Regional disarmament

Throughout the year, efforts were pursued at the regional and subregional levels to address arms control and disarmament issues. These efforts included initiatives to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), to strengthen and consolidate nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs), to tackle the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons (SALW), to undertake confidence- and security-building measures, and to destroy surplus stocks of conventional armaments. In a significant achievement, the five Central Asian States signed the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ) in September, creating the world’s fifth NWFZ, and the first located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere.


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