First Committee

28 October 2016
GA/DIS/3564

Responding to an increasingly complex international security landscape with unprecedented threats emerging from non-State actors, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) approved 7 draft texts, one aimed at preventing an outer space arms race and another on stopping terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

27 October 2016
GA/DIS/3563

Taking action on more than 22 texts, many aimed at bolstering disarmament efforts, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) once again approved a draft resolution that would ask the General Assembly to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, seeking to provide a measure of assurance in a region brimming with turmoil and insecurity.

26 October 2016
GA/DIS/3562

Speakers explored ways to overcome a prolonged stalemate in the Conference on Disarmament and a lack of agreement in the United Nations Disarmament Commission today as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) held its thematic debate on disarmament machinery.

25 October 2016
GA/DIS/3561

Broad cooperation on a range of strategic initiatives, including the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, were needed to address common challenges and build a sound regional security architecture, the First Committee heard today during its thematic debate on regional disarmament.

24 October 2016
GA/DIS/3560

Cybersecurity, lethal autonomous weapons, environmental protection and the gender perspective took centre stage in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) today as delegations embarked on a far-reaching thematic debate on other disarmament measures and international security.

21 October 2016
GA/DIS/3559

Enormous technological developments in the field of autonomous weapons required the world to more sharply focus on addressing the range of threats they posed, while taking into account gaps in existing international regimes, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) heard, as it continued its debate on conventional weapons.

20 October 2016
GA/DIS/3558

The human cost of the global proliferation of small arms and light weapons came under the spotlight this morning as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) continued its thematic debate on conventional weapons, with delegates underscoring the importance of cooperation to strengthen relevant international agreements to save lives on the ground.

19 October 2016
GA/DIS/3557

A guiding set of common principles was needed to encourage responsible behaviour and secure outer space safety and security, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) heard today as other speakers debated the need for legally binding instruments with reliable guarantees.

18 October 2016
GA/DIS/3556

Speakers expressed their deep concern with the danger of non-State actors and terrorist groups obtaining and using chemical and biological weapons, but differed on ways to approach the issue, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its thematic debate on weapons of mass destruction this morning.

17 October 2016
GA/DIS/3555

Pointing to past and potential nuclear catastrophes, several non-nuclear States expressed alarm that the fate of global security remained in the hands of just a clutch of nuclear-weapon and nuclear-armed States, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its debate on nuclear weapons.