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 2009: Part I

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10 June 2010
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The volume 34 (Part I&II) compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the sixty-fourth 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 2009 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2009.
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  • List of reports and notes of the Secretary-General
  • Foreword
    For the last 34 years, the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook has provided a chronicle of multilateral events relating both to disarmament and to the regulation of armaments.
  • Acknowledgements
    The production of Volume 34 (Part II) of the Disarmament Yearbook, like all 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, 2009
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
    An improved political atmosphere and renewed momentum to achieve progress towards a nuclear-weapon free world prevailed in 2009, leading to important advances, though not without some setbacks, on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues.
  • Biological and chemical weapons
    During the year, States parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) continued to develop national capacities to deal with the threat posed by the possible use of the life sciences as a weapon. The annual meetings of the BWC helped to identify common ground around the world, provided a key forum for expert exchange, fostered a community dedicated to preventing the hostile use of the life sciences and carried out work in many areas to ensure that biology is used solely for peaceful purposes.
  • Conventional weapons issues
    Member States continued to voice their concerns over the devastating effects of the illicit trade in and the excessive accumulation of small arms and light weapons (SALW), irresponsible arms transfers, and the use of weapons that are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate.
  • Regional disarmament
    Throughout 2009, regional organizations remained actively engaged with disarmament and non-proliferation issues and continued to consolidate their partnership with the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations. Regional and subregional initiatives as well as follow-up activities were pursued across a broad range of issues, including notably those aimed at preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, curbing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW), promoting confidence and security-building measures and advancing the prospects of additional nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZ).
  • Related issues, including information and outreach
    Issues related to disarmament received sustained attention in 2009 and the prolonged deadlock in the United Nations multilateral disarmament machinery showed signs of abatement as a result of the positive momentum in the relations between the United States and the Russian Federation on bilateral strategic issues.
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