United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2017: Part II

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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 42 (Part II): 2017, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2017 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 2017.



Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

In 2017, owing to a confluence of factors, both negative and positive, public focus on nuclear weapons was at its highest point in decades. New initiatives and efforts in multilateral disarmament were offset by regional crises and deteriorating relations between nuclear-armed States, all against a backdrop of increasing divisions over the pace and scale of nuclear disarmament. A decades-long malaise persisted in the Conference on Disarmament, the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body, and all nuclear-armed States continued to pursue modernization programmes without any agreed plans to further reduce nuclear weapons of any type or to constrain nuclear arsenals. Together, these developments dampened prospects for future progress in nuclear disarmament.


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