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Yearbook of the United Nations 2012

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the most authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, putting all of these in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, decision and action.

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Disarmament

The United Nations, through its disarmament machinery (the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and the General Assembly’s First Committee), continued to work with Member States on the international disarmament and nonproliferation agenda. Advances were made towards the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty as Indonesia—one of the States whose ratification was necessary for that Treaty to enter into force—deposited its instrument of ratification. Nuclear-weapon States held a meeting aimed at implementing the conclusions and recommendations of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Meanwhile, the five permanent members of the Security Council reiterated their support for the immediate start of negotiations on ways to achieve a legally binding, verifiable ban on the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons. The issue of nuclear security remained a priority for a number of States. In March, the second Nuclear Security Summit was held. In the resultant Seoul communiqué, participants renewed their commitment to strengthening nuclear security, reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism and preventing unauthorized acquisition of nuclear materials, and identified areas of priority and importance in nuclear security, with specific actions in each area. In September, the Secretary-General convened a High-level meeting on countering Nuclear Terrorism, focusing on strengthening the legal framework.

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