The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, in print and electronic format, is designed to be a concise reference tool. As a good amount of background information is condensed, it may be helpful to consult previous editions. Factual information, presented where possible in tabular form, is provided in the appendices. Web sites of United Nations departments and specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations, research institutes and non-governmental organizations appear as footnotes.
The Department of Disarmament Affairs draws your attention to its web site at http://disarmament.un.org where free onsite registration will enable you to access the electronic version of The Yearbook, as well as the archive editions of 2002, 2003 and 2004. Among the many other electronic resources, you will find regularly updated information on various disarmament issues, the departmental database on the status of disarmament and arms regulation agreements, which contains the texts of the treaties and States parties covered in Appendix I of this publication, as well as electronic versions of all the resolutions and decisions covered in The Yearbook.
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