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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21 Feb 2013
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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 36 (Part II): 2011, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2011 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels; reviews the activity of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission; and contains a handy timeline of highlights of multilateral disarmament in 2011.

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  • Foreword

    To first-time readers of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook: welcome to this authoritative annual chronicle of multilateral events relating to disarmament and the regulation of armaments. The Yearbooks offer a descriptive account rather than an analysis of relevant events. Yet readers have found them useful both in analysing developments and in promoting new efforts to advance disarmament goals.

  • Acknowledgements

    The production of volume 36 (Part II) of the Disarmament Yearbook, like all previous productions, continued to be a team effort involving the considerable time and energy of many members of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. The publication was produced under the overall direction of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, as well as the Director of the Office, Hannelore Hoppe.

  • Multilateral disarmament timeline: Highlights, 2011
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

    Nuclear disarmament is especially important because if we fail to achieve it, our other goals will also be in grave jeopardy. International peace and security is not a prerequisite for nuclear disarmament. Quite the contrary, verified nuclear disarmament itself would make an immense contribution to international peace and security, and should be pursued today, not deferred because of the false notion that it should be undertaken only in a world fully at peace.

  • Biological and chemical weapons

    The Biological Weapons Convention is a critical instrument. It helps to ensure that science and technology can be developed safely and securely. This Review Conference is a chance to respond to emerging risks. Cooperation can be boosted and the nightmare of biological warfare avoided.

  • Conventional weapons issues

    The United Nations is confronted with lax controls on the small arms trade in many parts of the world. Whether it is promoting sustainable development, protecting human rights, carrying out peacekeeping efforts, delivering food aid, improving public health, advancing gender equality, building safer cities, protecting forcibly displaced persons or fighting crime and terrorism, the Organization faces armed violence, conflict and civil unrest involving violations of international law, abuses of the rights of children, civilian casualties, humanitarian crises and missed social and economic opportunities.

  • Regional disarmament

    The challenges and threats we face are simply too complex and connected for any country or any one organization to go it alone. A more effective United Nations depends on stronger and deeper cooperation with regional organizations.

  • Related issues, including information and outreach

    In our increasingly interdependent world, weapons-related technologies and materials flow more readily and easily across borders. And, in such a world, the use of such weapons anywhere jeopardizes security everywhere.

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  • Poetry for peace contest

    In 2011, a social media Poetry for Peace contest invited the world to hear the testimonies of atomic bomb survivors, called HIBAKUSHA, and to respond to their stories in verse. A total of 741 poems were submitted, some echoing the pain of the victims, others calling for nuclear disarmament and almost all crying out for peace. The contest brought poets from all over the world together for the sake of peace.

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