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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2009: Part I

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

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The volume 34 (Part I&II) compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the sixty-fourth 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 2009 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2009.

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Biological and chemical weapons

During the year, States parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) continued to develop national capacities to deal with the threat posed by the possible use of the life sciences as a weapon. The annual meetings of the BWC helped to identify common ground around the world, provided a key forum for expert exchange, fostered a community dedicated to preventing the hostile use of the life sciences and carried out work in many areas to ensure that biology is used solely for peaceful purposes.

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