Magazine article UN Chronicle

Conference 'Back on Centre Stage.' (United Nations Conference on Disarmament)(includes Related Article on Disarmament Machinery at the United Nations)

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Conference 'Back on Centre Stage.' (United Nations Conference on Disarmament)(includes Related Article on Disarmament Machinery at the United Nations)

Article excerpt

Ad hoc committees on a nuclear-test ban, prevention of an arms race in outer space, effective international arrangements to assure security for nonnuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, and transparency in armaments were established by the Conference on Disarmament during the first part of its 1993 session (19 January-25 March, Geneva).

Other items on the Conference's agenda were: cessation of the nuclear-arms race and nuclear disarmament; prevention of nuclear war; new types of weapons of mass destruction and new weapons systems; radiological weapons; a comprehensive programme of disarmament; and the role of the Conference itself.

On 18 February, the Conference adopted two reports for consideration by the General Assembly's First Committee (Political and Security) at its resumed session in March.

Regarding the Secretary-General's report entitled "New dimensions of arms regulation and disarmament in the post-cold-war era", the Conference reported (CD/1183) that in the new international environment, the "very concept of disarmament and arms regulation as a key element in pursuit of overall international security" was being expanded and enriched.

A multilateral approach

Together with unilateral measures and bilateral and regional arrangements, disarmament needed a "multilateral approach" since it was a "collective responsibility". As the "sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community", the Conference had an "increased role to play".

To fulfil its new and enhanced tasks, the Conference decided to "intensify consultations on its improved and effective functioning" and on issues relating to its membership and agenda.

In a second report (CD/1184), the Conference informed the First Committee that it was continuing its review of its agenda, membership and methods of work. To that end, it decided to continue consultations to identify specific items for future review, and appointed a Special Coordinator to consider the possible expansion of its membership, and another to review the issue of its agenda.

Use momentum

The end of the cold war had brought disarmament "back on to the centre stage", and the Conference "should now take advantage of the momentum created by the successful conclusion of the Chemical Weapons Convention" to make progress on other important issues, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said in a message to the Conference read out on 19 January by Vicente Berasategui, his Personal Representative to the Conference and its Secretary-General. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.