United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2015: Part II

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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 40 (Part II): 2015, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2015 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels; reviews the activity of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission; and contains a handy timeline of highlights of multilateral disarmament in 2015.



Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

In 2015, divisions deepened between States on the overall approach for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament at the global and regional levels amid stagnation in the traditional multilateral disarmament bodies and the advancement of new initiatives to take forward nuclear disarmament negotiations. These divisions were a key factor in the inability to reach agreement on a substantive outcome at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Nonetheless, momentum generated over the past several years by the humanitarian movement for nuclear disarmament resulted in a decision by the General Assembly to take the next steps for the elaboration of effective legal measures for nuclear disarmament.


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