Contents

The texts of all disarmament resolutions and decisions are contained in Appendix VII.

In Memoriam
Foreword
Acknowledgements

Chapter I

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues

Introduction
Developments and trends, 2003
Issues related to NPT
Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 NPT Review Conference
Issues related to the CTBT
Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT
The Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO
Conference on Disarmament 2003
Nuclear disarmament
Fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices
Negative security assurances
Bilateral agreement and other issues
Draft Convention on Nuclear Terrorism
IAEA Verification
Comprehensive safeguards agreements and additional protocols
Challenges to the safeguards regime
Application of Agency Safeguards in the Middle East
Nuclear disarmament verification
Nuclear safety and security
Application of international safety standards
Convention on Nuclear Safety
Joint Convention
Safe transport of nuclear and radioactive material
Nuclear security
Physical protection
Radioactive sources
Radiological weapons
Missile-related issues
The Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC)
Export Controls
Nuclear Suppliers Group
The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
Political declarations and other initiatives
General Assembly 2003
Conclusion

Annex I

Chairman's Factual Summary on the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Chapter II

Biological and chemical weapons

Introduction
Developments and trends 2003
Biological Weapons
First Meeting of Experts
First Meeting of States Parties to BWC
Chemical Weapons
First Review Conference of CWC
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
UNMOVIC
Australia Group
General Assembly, 2003
Conclusion

Chapter III

Conventional weapons issues

Introduction
Developments and trends, 2003
Small arms and light weapons
Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects
First Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, at the National, Regional and Global Level
The Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) mechanism
Consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures
Assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons
Transparency in conventional arms transfers and military expenditures
Annual report on the Register for the calendar year 2002
Objective information on military matters, including transparency of military expenditures
Conference on Disarmament, 2003
Transparency in armaments
The Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)
The Meeting of the States Parties to the CCW
Meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE)
Anti-personnel mines
Fifth Annual Meeting of States Parties to the Mine-Ban Convention
The Fifth Annual Conference of the States Parties to the Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)
Wassenaar Arrangement
General Assembly, 2003
Conclusion

Annex I

Composite table of replies of Governments for the Register of Conventional Arms: Calendar Year 2002

Annex II

Chairperson's summary on the Report of the United Nations First Biennial Meeting of States to consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects

Annex III

Recommendations of the 2003 Group of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms

Chapter IV

Regional disarmament

Introduction
Developments and trends, 2003
Nuclear-weapon-free zones
Conventional disarmament at regional levels
Africa
Americas
Asia and the Pacific
Europe
General Assembly, 2003
Conclusion

Chapter V

Related issues and approaches

Introduction
Terrorism and disarmament
General Assembly, 2003
Outer Space
Conference on Disarmament, 2003
General Assembly, 2003
Human rights, human security and disarmament
55th Session of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Disarmament and Human Security
Information security and the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament
General Assembly, 2003
Role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament
General Assembly, 2003
Relationship between disarmament and development
General Assembly, 2003
Gender and Disarmament
Multilateralism and disarmament
General Assembly, 2003
Arms limitation and disarmament agreements, including verification of compliance
General Assembly, 2003
Conclusion

Annex I

Decision 2003/105 Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: The prevention of human rights violations committed with small arms and light weapons

Annex II

Overview of gender and disarmament activities of DDA and other offices and organizations

Chapter VI

Institutional aspects

Introduction
Developments and trends, 2003
Conference on Disarmament, 2003
Disarmament Commission, 2003
Open-ended Working Group on SSOD IV
Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
Disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services
Department of Disarmament Affairs
Regional Centres
General Assembly, 2003
Conclusion

Annex I

Members of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, 2003

Annex II

Agenda items of the General Assembly as allocated to the First Committee

Chapter VII

Studies, education and information

Introduction
Disarmament studies
Studies completed in 2003
Studies in progress
Studies mandated in 2003
DDA Implementation of the recommendations of the 2002 UN study on disarmament and non-proliferation education (DNP)
United Nations Disarmament Information Programme (UNDIP)
Publications
Web site
DDA panels, NGO panel discussions and participation in the Biennial Meeting of States
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

Annex I

Composition of the Group of Governmental Experts on identifying and tracing illicit small arms and light weapons

Annex II

Composition of the Group of Experts on the continuing operation of the Register of Conventional Arms and on its further development

Annex III

Composition of the Group of Governmental Experts on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development

Annex IV

Publications and other materials of the Department of Disarmament Affairs or produced in collaboration with the Department and its regional centres

Annex V

UNIDIR Publications

Annex VI

List of symposia and panels sponsored by DDA

Appendix I

Status of multilateral arms regulation and disarmament agreements

Appendix II

Final Declaration and Measures to Promote the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Appendix III

Political Declaration of the First Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (First Review Conference)

Appendix IV

Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War

Appendix V

An Appeal of the States Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on the Occasion of the Fifth Annual Conference

Appendix VI

Declaration of the Fifth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction

Appendix VII

Text of disarmament resolutions and decisions

Appendix VIII

Voting patterns of resolutions and decisions on disarmament adopted by the General Assembly in 2002

Appendix IX

Table of Resolutions and Decisions on Disarmament Issues

Appendix X

Disarmament resolutions and decisions listed by chapter

Appendix XI

List of reports and notes of the Secretary-General

Appendix XII

Abbreviations and acronyms

Selective Index