Yearbook of the United Nations 1998

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-second volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1998. It provides an overview of the major challenges the Organization has addressed in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking; disarmament; human rights; refugees and displaced persons; international crime and corruption; natural resources and energy; and System-wide Special Initiative on Africa. This 1,500 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year. It will be a valuable resource for diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and United Nations affairs.




During 1998, in all multilateral disarmament forums, differences persisted between a majority of non-nuclear-weapon States and nuclear-weapon States on how to address nuclear disarmament. Nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan in May, which influenced the deliberations on almost all nuclear issues, drew expressions of concern from the international community. The vast majority of States condemned the tests because they undermined the existing non-proliferation regime and the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Later in the year, India and Pakistan declared unilateral moratoriums on further tests.


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