World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Conference on Disarmament


Conference on Disarmament

Members countries of the Conference on Disarmament.
A meeting of the Conference on Disarmament in the Council Chamber of the Palace of Nations.

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) is a forum established by the international community to negotiate multilateral arms control and disarmament agreements. Established in 1979, it was the forum used by its member states, currently numbering 65, to negotiate the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.

While the conference is not formally a United Nations Secretary-General; this representative serves as the secretary general of the conference. Resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly often request the conference to consider specific disarmament matters. In turn, the conference annually reports its activities to the Assembly.

The Conference succeeded the Ten-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1960), the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1962–68) and the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (1969–78).

In the 1990s, the Conference held intensive efforts over three years to draft the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty text and its two annexes, but it did not succeed in reaching consensus on the adoption of the text. Australia then sent the text to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where it was submitted as a draft resolution.[1] On 10 September 1996, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted by a large majority, exceeding two-thirds of the General Assembly's Membership.[2]

Currently under discussion are a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), a pact to prevent an arms race in outer space (PAROS), nuclear disarmament, and negative security assurances (NSA).

On June 28, 2011, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) was appointed to serve a term as president of the Conference.[3] Despite the fact that the chairmanship rotates alphabetically,[3] the move was criticized in the media and by Canada's foreign minister because of the country's track record on nuclear proliferation.[4]

From May 27 to June 23, 2013, the Islamic Republic of Iran was acting chair and president of the Conference on Disarmament. The United States said it refused to send any ambassador to a UN forum on nuclear disarmament when being chaired by a country “in flagrant violation” of UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency obligations stemming from its suspect nuclear program.[5]


  • Membership 1
  • References 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4


The conference's 65 members represent all areas of the world, including all known nuclear-weapon states.[6]


  1. ^!396802~!33&ri=1&aspect=power&menu=search&source=~!horizon#focus
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Bayefsky, Anne (2011-06-30). "UN’s bad joke: North Korea runs talks about disarmament". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Tobi (2011-06-30). "Canada denounces North Korea UN appointment, but is it enough?". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  5. ^ TOI US Boycott
  6. ^ "Disarmament: Member States". United Nations Office at Geneva. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 

See also

External links

  • United Nations' page of Conference on Disarmament
  • Press releases of Conference on Disarmament
  • Disarmament insight website

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.