United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1986

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The volume 11 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-first 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 1986 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.



Conventional weapons

The problem of the reduction of conventional armaments and armed forces was first addressed by the General Assembly during its sessions in the 1940s. While the parallel questions of nuclear disarmament and prohibiting weapons of mass destruction have dominated international disarmament efforts since the Second World War, less attention has been paid to conventional weapons. Yet all the military conflicts since 1945 have been fought with conventional, or non-nuclear, weapons and the global annual military expenditure on such armaments is estimated to account for over 80 per cent of the total annual military expenditure. While conventional war does not threaten the survival of mankind as could a nuclear war, its potential destructiveness has increased significantly with the development of ever more sophisticated conventional weapons.


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