The first resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 1946 was on disarmament, and the topic has been a consistent high priority. The First Committee of the Assembly is devoted entirely to the consideration of Disarmament and International Security. Given the state of the world, it is hard to claim that the work of the Assembly has been a success in this area, but it can be said that it has kept issues and aims in focus. Efforts to draw up a comprehensive plan of action at three Special Sessions of the Assembly devoted entirely to disarmament have had limited results.
were the first UN Disarmament Decade, and its "meagre achievements"
led the General Assembly in 1976 to convene a special session devoted entirely
to arms issues. The first Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD -1) met at the
United Nations from 23 May to
In 1979, the General Assembly declared the 1980s as
the Second Disarmament Decade. The international situation was not affected by
the various initiatives that followed SSOD -1, so the General Assembly convened
a second Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD-2) from 7 June to
special session (SSOD-3) was called in 1988. The Cold War was winding down, and
there was a marked relaxation of tensions following the 1986 Stockholm
Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and Disarmament in
In 1988, the Assembly decided to declare the 1990s as the Third Disarmament Decade.
The special UN website.
Stamp catalogue - First Disarmament Decade
Stamp catalogue - Second Disarmament Decade