February 2005

General Assembly Highlights Need for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

At its 59th session, the General Assembly adopted 59 resolutions and 4 decisions - 13 concerned nuclear issues. With a view to the 2005 Review Conference of States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a key nuclear disarmament resolution by the New Agenda Coalition gained wider support in the First Committee over last year.  See article

WMD, Small Arms and Landmine Issues at Core of Advisory Board Report

The Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters devoted most of its 2004 sessions to formulating a set of recommendations to the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Its report deals with issues related to weapons of mass destruction, missiles, small arms and light weapons, and landmines as well as strengthening the role of the United Nations in those fields. The document also stands on its own as a blueprint on how to tackle the double danger of the spread of dangerous weapons among nation-states and to non-state actors. The Advisory Board’s report has been issued as a publication of DDA’s Occasional Paper series. See article

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Challenges Highlight Regional  Fora

A meeting on "How to address challenges in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation tDDAy" convened on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 8 December 2004. The event organized by DDA’s Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific and the Government of the Republic of Korea, was attended by nearly 21 representatives of governments, academic and research institutes, NGOs from the Asia Pacific region, and international organizations. Discussions focused on recent trends in weapons of mass destruction and their challenges to security; prospects and challenges facing the 2005 NPT Review Conference; non-proliferation challenges in North-East Asia and missile non-proliferation. See article

Firearms Legislation Outcome of Capacity-Building Course


The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLiREC) offered a five-day capacity-building course in Brasilia from 6-10 December. The course was part of the Centre’s Parliamentary Exchange Initiative project. Participants from MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and Associated States were trained to draft legal firearms proposals.  See article