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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.

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Foreword

The world has changed a lot since the publication of the first edition the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook in 1976. There were only a few multilateral treaties on disarmament issues relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and other treaties establishing nuclear-weapons-free or demilitarized zones in Antarctica, Latin America and the Caribbean, outer space, and the seabed. Nuclear tests had been outlawed in the atmosphere, the oceans and outer space. And there was very limited progress on the regulation of conventional arms.

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