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The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy focuses principally on the UN First Committee, and any significant developments in the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD). Where appropriate, and within the limits of our resources, we also include some coverage of disarmament questions and developments relating to weapons of mass destruction that come before the UN General Assembly.
The United Nations First Committee is a subcommittee of the UN General Assembly that deals with disarmament and international security. First Committee meets each autumn comprising all UN member states.
Between Irrelevance and a New Era: Report on the 2008 UN First Committee, by Michael Spies, Disarmament Diplomacy, No.89, Winter 2008, including:
Acronym Institute director Rebecca Johnson attended the UN First Committee in New York. For week-by-week reporting and analysis on the First Committee, see the First Committee Monitor, produced by Reaching Critical Will and supported by Acronym Institute and other NGOs:
See also Acronym coverage of the 2007 First Committee:
Stagnation and Redundancy: Report on the 2007 UN First Committee, by Michael Spies, Disarmament Diplomacy, No.87, Spring 2008, including:
The UN's official website on the General Assembly is at: http://www.un.org/ga/ and the site for the First Committee is at: http://www.un.org/ga/first/index.shtml. In addition UN press releases covering the First Committee can be viewed at http://disarmament.un.org.
An index of all references made to issues of disarmament, peace and security during the General Assembly debates is available from Reaching Critical Will at:
Details of speeches from the First Committee are available from Reaching Critical
Will at: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org.
See also: Acronym Institute coverage of previous sessions of the UN First Committee.
The Conference on Disarmament is the successor to various Geneva-based arms control bodies dating back to 1960. The CD is regarded as an autonomous body, although it has a close relationship with the United Nations. In March 1995, the CD adopted a mandate to negotiate a ban on the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons, however, negotiations did not start as CD members struggled to adopt a work programme.
On 29 May 2009, the CD finally agreed a programme
of work, but regrettably was unable to adopt a framework to implement its
programme before the end of the 2009 session, primarily due to reservations
by Pakistan. For a full report on the CD in 2009, see The
Conference on Disarmament in 2009: Could do Better
by Ray Acheson.
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