Adopting Work Programme, Disarmament Commission Begins General Debate on Nuclear, Conventional Weapons, Affirming Polarity of Positions, Benefits to Bridging Them

9th April 2015

The UNDC’s significance as a platform for dialogue and cooperation had only been heightened in light of current rising global tensions and mistrust, the 193-member subsidiary body heard yesterday during its general debate. With a view to advancing discussions despite its 15-year impasse on adopting concrete guidelines, the DC succeeded yesterday, after two days of intense negotiations, in approving a provisional agenda for the current three-year cycle.  It thereby agreed to include of items on recommendations for achieving the objective of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and on practical confidence-building measures in the field of conventional weapons. With those issues in mind, delegates weighed in on a range of pressing concerns during the general debate that began yesterday. 

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[source: UN Press]