Adopting Work Programme, Disarmament Commission Begins General Debate on Nuclear, Conventional Weapons, Affirming Polarity of Positions, Benefits to Bridging Them
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.
[source: UN Press]