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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03 Oct 2017
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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 41 (Part II): 2016, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2016 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 2016.

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  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements

    Volume 41 (Part II) of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, like earlier editions, is the work of staff across the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs who devoted considerable time and energy to its production. It was prepared under the overall direction of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, and the Director of the Office, Thomas Markram.

  • Multilateral disarmament timeline: Highlights, 2016
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

    A nuclear-weapon-free world is the collective and shared responsibility of the entire international community. There is more than one path to reach that destination. Unfortunately, there are growing differences on how to get there.

  • Biological and chemical weapons

    Since 1980, successive [Biological Weapons Convention] Review Conferences have built on past achievements, but we still have a long way to go. The international community cannot afford to continue to lag behind the pace of technological advances and the growing security risks. We must not allow the gaps to widen.

  • Conventional weapons

    The widespread availability of illicit small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, is a key driver of violent deaths. Weapons are the toxic lubricant allowing the engine of conflict to run.

  • Regional disarmament

    Regional and subregional arrangements, as envisaged by the United Nations Charter, strengthen the United Nations’ ability to tackle global problems— including international peace and security.

  • Emerging, cross-cutting and other issues

    The plan of action adopted by the General Assembly on the Sustainable Development Goals recognizes that the [Goals] cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. These twin objectives are mutually reinforcing and inextricably linked.

  • Disarmament machinery

    [Past disarmament achievements] were made possible because of the collective commitment of all States to the cause of complete and irreversible disarmament. I hope the same spirit will guide us through the deliberations of this year’s First Committee.

  • Information and outreach

    Progress in disarmament and non-proliferation relies upon the recognition of our shared humanity, and this is where education and the arts have a pivotal and far-reaching significance.

  • Status of multilateral arms regulation and disarmament agreements
  • The Future of Multilateral Disarmament: Secretary-General’s speech

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University on 22 November. At the request of the Secretary- General, the large audience consisted primarily of interested students.

  • Disarmament resolutions and decisions listed by chapter
  • Acronyms
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