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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16 Dec 2015
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  • Foreword
    It is my pleasure to introduce the thirty-ninth edition of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook.
  • Acknowledgements
    The production of volume 39 (Part II) of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, like all previous productions, was a team effort involving the considerable time and energy of many staff members of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. The publication was produced under the overall direction of the Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo, and the Director of the Office, Virginia Gamba.
  • Multilateral disarmament timeline: Highlights, 2014
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
    History has taught us many lessons about the dangers inherent in nuclear weapons. Possession does not prevent international disputes from occurring, but it makes conflicts more dangerous. Maintaining forces on alert does not provide safety, but it increases the likelihood of accidents. Upholding doctrines of nuclear deterrence does not counter proliferation, but it makes the weapons more desirable. Growing ranks of nuclear armed-States does not ensure global stability, but instead undermines it.
  • Biological and chemical weapons
    The horrific use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic in 2013 casts a shadow over this year’s commemoration. I cannot forget the deeply shocking images I saw. The use of chemical weapons in Syria was a deplorable offense against humanity.
  • Conventional weapons issues
    This marks the opening of a new chapter in our collective efforts to bring responsibility, accountability and transparency to the global arms trade. From now on, the States parties to this important Treaty will have a legal obligation to apply the highest common standards to their international transfers of weapons and ammunition.
  • Regional disarmament
    Nuclear-weapon-free zones contribute greatly to strengthening nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regimes, and to enhancing regional and international security.
  • Emerging, cross-cutting and other issues
    Alas, the technology of weaponry is anything but static—new weapons are emerging all the time. Scarcely a day goes by without new references to cyberweapons, lethal autonomous weapons and countless other diabolical inventions designed to kill or injure. Many of these weapons raise profound questions of accountability, especially given that their victims would largely be civilians. We have a variety of expert groups, as well as national governments, looking into these weapons to explore possibilities for developing new norms governing their use or their prohibition.
  • Disarmament machinery
    In my part of the world, 2014 has been designated the “year of the blue horse”. A horse represents of course vigour and speed—and a blue horse of course is an animal of imagination. I hope this august forum—as the sole standing body on disarmament negotiations—will take inspiration and make 2014 a year of creativity and action.
  • Information and outreach
    This International Day is not merely one on which we call for limiting nuclear weapons, reducing their range, constraining their deployments or reducing their role in security policies. It is also a day when the world community reflects on the many benefits that nuclear disarmament would offer, from enhanced security to the conservation of financial and scientific resources. It is a day on which to imagine the consequences should the dangerous and fragile doctrine of nuclear deterrence fail.
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