Yearbook of the United Nations 1996

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.




The adoption of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the General Assembly on 10 September 1996 was the culmination of more than four decades of lengthy and complex negotiations and marked a major milestone on the road to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Upon the opening for signature of the historic, 17-article document at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September, the Secretary-General, as depositary of the Treaty, said its approval by the General Assembly had been a "bold act" that had realized a longstanding objective of the international community.


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