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Disarmament: Global Issues

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Global institutions

It was established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community. [ Annual reports | Records of meetings | Documents of the Conference ]

Member States decided in 2008 "to establish an open-ended working group, to meet for up to six one-week sessions starting in 2009".

The United Nations Disarmament Commission is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, composed of all Member States of the United Nations, with the function of considering and making recommendations on various problems in the field of disarmament . [Guidelines and recommendations | Documents related to its sessions since 1999]

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 (resolution 1472 (XIV)) to review the scope of international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes in this field to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.


This information is based upon Steve Tulliu and Thomas Schmalberger, 2003, Coming to Terms with Security: A Lexicon for Arms Control, Disarmament and Confidence-building, Geneva, UNIDIR. Copyright UNIDIR 2003. Reprinted with permission.

The lexicon is available in English, Arabic, French, Korean and Spanish.

Regional institutions

Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS)(link to official documents)

Talks aimed at the elaboration of regional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures in the Middle East.

Deliberative body established by the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) that serves as a arena for inter-governmental consultation on regional security matters.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is an independent U.S. Government agency created in 1976 to monitor and encourage compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE commitments.

Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) provides an informal mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities to discuss political and security issues and challenges facing the region.

The 50-nation Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) is a multilateral forum for dialogue and consultation on political and security-related issues among Allies and Partner countries. It provides the overall political framework for NATO’s cooperation with Partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic area, and for the bilateral relationships developed between NATO and individual Partner countries under the Partnership for Peace programme.

The Forum for Security Co-operation meets weekly in Vienna to discuss and make decisions regarding military aspects of security in the OSCE area, in particular confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).

Pan-European multilateral forum for the deliberation and negociation of regional arms control and disarmament, security, and human rights issues.

The Partnership for Peace is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Partner countries and NATO. It allows Partner countries to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation.


This information is based upon Steve Tulliu and Thomas Schmalberger, 2003, Coming to Terms with Security: A Lexicon for Arms Control, Disarmament and Confidence-building, Geneva, UNIDIR. Copyright UNIDIR 2003. Reprinted with permission.

The lexicon is available in English, Arabic, French, Korean and Spanish.

Disarmament Research Guides

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