United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2008: Part I

Disarmament Resolutions and Decisions of the Sixty-Third Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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The volume 33 (Part I&II) compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the sixty-third 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 2008 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2008.



Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues returned to the foreground of the international agenda with the objective of moving towards a world without nuclear weapons. Advances towards that goal, however, remained modest. Nuclear-weapon States (NWS) were still perceived by some non-nuclear weapons States (NNWS) as not making sufficient progress towards nuclear disarmament. Furthermore, the Conference on Disarmament (CD) as well as the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) also failed to advance from the stalemate that has been symptomatic of what some saw as a crisis of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. At the same time, concerns continued over the potential proliferation of nuclear weapons.


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