United Nations Disarmament Yearbook

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This publication has been a rich source of historical knowledge on developments, trends and achievements of multilateral disarmament for more than 30 years. In early spring of each year, Part I of the Yearbook is published containing an annual compilation of texts and statistics on disarmament-related resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly. In early Autumn, Part II is published presenting the main topics of multilateral consideration during the year, along with a convenient issues-oriented timeline.
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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2008: Part I

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06 Nov 2010
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The volume 33 (Part I&II) compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption. It summarizes developments and trends in 2008 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2008.
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  • Foreword
    The world has changed a lot since the publication of the first edition the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook in 1976. There were only a few multilateral treaties on disarmament issues relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and other treaties establishing nuclear-weapons-free or demilitarized zones in Antarctica, Latin America and the Caribbean, outer space, and the seabed. Nuclear tests had been outlawed in the atmosphere, the oceans and outer space. And there was very limited progress on the regulation of conventional arms.
  • Acknowledgements
    The production of Volume 33 (Part II) of the Disarmament Yearbook, like previous productions, continued to be a team effort involving the time and energy of many members of the Office for Disarmament Affairs. The publication was produced under the overall direction of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Sergio Duarte, as well as the Director of the Office, Hannelore Hoppe.
  • Multilateral disarmament timeline: Highlights, 2008
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
    Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues returned to the foreground of the international agenda with the objective of moving towards a world without nuclear weapons. Advances towards that goal, however, remained modest. Nuclear-weapon States (NWS) were still perceived by some non-nuclear weapons States (NNWS) as not making sufficient progress towards nuclear disarmament. Furthermore, the Conference on Disarmament (CD) as well as the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) also failed to advance from the stalemate that has been symptomatic of what some saw as a crisis of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. At the same time, concerns continued over the potential proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • Biological and chemical weapons
    During the year, in accordance with the decisions and recommendations adopted at the 2006 Sixth Review Conference, the States parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) continued the intersessional process leading to the 2011 Seventh Review Conference. The process aims to obtain a common understanding on ways of strengthening the implementation of the Convention and improving its effectiveness as a practical barrier against the development of biological weapons.
  • Conventional weapons issues
  • Regional disarmament
    The year 2008 brought noteworthy developments to the area of disarmament. With respect to nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs), a significant advance came with the ratification of the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (CANWFZ) Treaty by Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan by their respective parliaments. These ratifications were particularly meaningful as they paved the way for the Treaty’s 2009 entry into force.
  • Related issues and approaches, including disarmament machinery
    This chapter contains issues that do not fall into the general division of the previous chapters devoted to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), conventional weapons or regional approaches. Instead, it covers a wide array of issues and approaches relating to security, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. Most of the following subjects are attached to items on the agenda of the General Assembly and are discussed in the context of the consideration and adoption of resolutions. Substantive deliberations and decisions of the Security Council, the Conference on Disarmament and other United Nations entities are also summarized with respect to several items.
  • Governmental expert studies, information/education and United Nations research
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