Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
1999 United Nations News
1999 Global Special Weapons News
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR MANAGEMENT United Nations 23 Dec 1999
- DISARMAMENT COMMISSION FAILS TO AGREE TO SUBSTANTIVE ITEMS FOR INCLUSION IN PROVISIONAL AGENDA OF NEXT SESSION Press Release DC/2672 -- 2 December 1999 -- The Disarmament Commission, at an organizational meeting this morning, was unable to decide on the substantive items to be considered at its next session. The meeting failed to adopt the provisional agenda for the session, or decide on the dates of the session, or elect the members of its Bureau.
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY CALLS FOR STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH 1972 ABM TREATY, AS IT ADOPTS 51 DISARMAMENT, INTERNATIONAL SECURITY TEXTS Press Release GA/9675 - 1 December 1999 -- By a vote of 111 in favour to 13 against, with 39 abstentions, the Assembly adopted, for the second time, a resolution entitled, "Towards a nuclear-weapon- free world: the need for a new agenda". It called for the examination of ways and means to diminish the role of nuclear weapons in security policies, so as to enhance strategic stability, facilitate the process of the elimination of those weapons, and contribute to international confidence and security.
- NUCLEAR-WEAPON STATES' POSITION ON TOTAL ABOLITION OF ATOMIC ARMS CALLED `UNACCEPTABLE POSTURING' BY INDONESIA Press Release GA/SPD/174 -- 10 November 1999 -- It was regrettable that spending for destructive capabilities far outweighed investment in peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) was told this afternoon as it began its general debate on the effects of atomic radiation.
- DRAFT RESOLUTION CALLING FOR COMPLIANCE WITH 1972 ABM TREATY APPROVED IN DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE BY VOTE OF 54-4-73 Press Release GA/DIS/3161 -- 5 November 1999 -- The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) met this morning to continue taking action on disarmament and security-related draft decisions. It was also expected to hear the introduction of revised drafts on: creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East (document A/C.1/54/L.7/Rev.1).
- INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE ADVISORY OPINION ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS SUBJECT OF ONE OF NINE DRAFT TEXTS APPROVED IN FIRST COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3160 - 4 November 1999 -- The General Assembly would once again underline the unanimous conclusion of the International Court of Justice that an obligation existed to conclude negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control, according to one of eight draft resolutions and one draft decision approved this morning by the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).
- FIRST COMMITTEE APPROVES 11 DRAFT RESOLUTIONS, ONE DECISION ON WIDE RANGE OF DISARMAMENT MEASURES Press Release GA/DIS/3158 -- 1 November 1999 -- The General Assembly would reaffirm its decision, with a view to the further development of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, to keep the scope of and participation in the Register under review, by the terms of one of 11 draft resolutions and one draft decision approved this afternoon in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULD CALL FOR STEPS TO PREVENT OUTER SPACE ARMS RACE, IN ONE OF SIX RESOLUTIONS APPROVED BY DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3157 -- 1 November 1999 -- Under the terms of a nuclear-weapon-related text on security assurances to non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, approved by a recorded vote of 77 in favour to none against, with 50 abstentions, the Assembly would appeal to all States, especially the nuclear-weapon States, to work actively towards an early agreement on a common approach, and in particular, on a common formula that could be included in an international instrument of a legally binding nature.
- DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ON REGIONAL DISARMAMENT, NUCLEAR WEAPON ELIMINATION, ASIA/PACIFIC CENTRE, SMALL ARMS INTRODUCED IN FIRST COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3155 - 28 October 1999 - The asymmetries in conventional defence capabilities could, in turn, lead to the search for non-conventional means of self-defence and deterrence, the representative of Pakistan said, as he introduced a draft resolution on regional disarmament this morning in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).
- DRAFT RESOLUTION CALLING FOR REVIEW OF NUCLEAR DOCTRINES ONE OF THIRTEEN TEXTS INTRODUCTED IN FIRST COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3154 - 27 October 1999 - The General Assembly would call for a review of nuclear doctrines and in that context, immediate and urgent steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, according to one of 12 draft resolutions and one draft decision introduced this afternoon in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).
- FIRST COMMITTEE DRAFT TEXT, INTRODUCED BY NEW ZEALAND, CALLS FOR 'NEW AGENDA' IN NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT Press Release GA/DIS/3153 - 26 October 1999 -- One of seven draft resolutions introduced today, the text, entitled "Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda", would have the General Assembly call upon the nuclear-weapon States to make an unequivocal undertaking to accomplish the speedy and total elimination of their nuclear arsenals and to engage in an accelerated process of negotiations.
- NEGOTIATIONS ON CONVENTION TO PROHIBIT USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS CALLED FOR IN TEXT INTRODUCED IN DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3152 - 25 October 1999 -- The General Assembly would reiterate its request to the Conference on Disarmament to begin negotiating an international agreement banning the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances, according to one of five draft resolutions introduced this morning in the First Committee.
- DESPITE TEST-BAN REJECTION, COMMITMENT TO ARMS CONTROL 'UNWAVERING', UNITED STATES TELLS FIRST COMMITTEE, AS GENERAL DEBATE CONCLUDES 20 October 1999 Press Release GA/DIS/3149 -- As the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its disarmament and security debate this morning, the representative of the United States told the Committee that, despite the recent Senate rejection of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), his country's commitment to arms control and non-proliferation was "unwavering", adding that "we will complete the task of bringing the Treaty into force".
- TEST-BAN TREATY CROWNED 40-YEAR EFFORT TO HALT TEST EXPLOSIONS, DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE TOLD 19 October 1999 Press Release GA/DIS/3148 -- In order for the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to fulfil its promise of enhancing international peace and security, as many States as possible must sign and ratify it without delay, thereby pledging their trust in the Treaty's ability to detect clandestine nuclear testing and deter possible violations
- CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO FIRST COMMITTEE, DESCRIBES 'DISAPPOINTING' OUTCOME TO 1999 CONFERENCE SESSION Press Release GA/DIS/3147 -- 18 October 1999 -- In a disappointing outcome, differences among Member States on how to deal with the issues of nuclear disarmament and the prevention of an arms race in outer space had ultimately and regrettably prevented agreement on a comprehensive programme of work in the Conference on Disarmament.
- INDIA EMPHASIZES COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, AS FIRST COMMITTEE CONTINUES DISARMAMENT DEBATE Press Release GA/DIS/3145 -- 15 October 1999
- TEST-BAN REJECTION BY UNITED STATES PROMPTS DISTRESS, ALARM, BOLIVIA TELLS DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3144 14 October 1999
- RUSSIAN FEDERATION WARNS OF RETURN TO 'COLD WAR' DIALOGUE, AS FIRST COMMITTEE CONTINUES DISARMAMENT DEBATE Press Release GA/DIS/3142 -- 13 October 1999
- WITHOUT NUCLEAR-TEST BAN, 'FLOODGATES' TO NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION OPEN, MYANMAR TELLS DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE Press Release GA/DIS/3141 -- 12 October 1999
- DISARMAMENT DEBATE BEGINS 11 OCTOBER AMID GROWING CONCERN ABOUT NUCLEAR ARMS RACE, RELIANCE ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS Press Release GA/DIS/3139 - 8 October 1999 - The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) debate will be shaped by significant events of the past year, including: the delayed entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT); the testing and development by several countries - notably, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India and Pakistan -- of longer-range missiles, upon which nuclear warheads could be fitted; and the development of missile defences.
- Text: UN Background Paper on Disarmament Debate to Begin October 11 USIA 08 October -- The United Nations released October 8 a Background Paper setting thescene for the start of the Debate on Disarmament that will begin inthe First Committee on Monday, October 11.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR MANAGEMENT United Nations 06 Oct 1999
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNITED STATES LEGISLATORS United Nations 27 Sep 1999
- PRESS BRIEFING ON WORK OF TOKYO DISARMAMENT FORUM United Nations 04 Aug 1999
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON WORLD PERCEPTION OF UNITED NATIONS United Nations 27 Apr 1999
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR MANAGEMENT United Nations 18 Mar 1999
- GROUP OF NON-ALIGNED COUNTRIES PROPOSES CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT ESTABLISH FOUR AD HOC COMMITTEES 4 February 1999 Press Release DCF/358 -- Committees Would Negotiate Nuclear Disarmament, Fissile Material, Negative Security Arrangements, Prevention of Arms Race in Space
- CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT ADOPTS AGENDA FOR 1999 SESSION 21 January 1999 Press Release DCF/353 -- The Conference on Disarmament this morning adopted the agenda for its 1999 session, which was the same as its agenda for the 1998 session.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY ZOGBY INTERNATIONAL ON OPINION OF UNITED STATES VOTERS ABOUT UNITED NATIONS United Nations 04 Jan 1999
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