GA 1: Disarmament and Security

A Viet Cong weapons cache that was discovered in the Mekong Delta, 1967. CC BY-ND 2.0

A Viet Cong weapons cache that was discovered in the Mekong Delta, 1967. Flickr: Brian Ambrozy. CC BY-ND 2.0

Officially known as the First Committee, the Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) committee deals with disarmament and global challenges to peace and security. As suggested by its official name, it is the first of the six main committees within the General Assembly. The first resolution adopted by the General Assembly, relating to issues surrounding the new-found atomic energy, was adopted in January 1946 following the recommendation of the First Committee. In 1959, it was also a DISEC resolution that for the first time in UN history recommended a resolution to the General Assembly in which all of the UN nations at the time co-sponsored. Examples of regular topics the First Committee has discussed previously range from an African Nuclear-Weapon-Free zone and prevention of an arms race in outer space to the use of cluster munitions and arms control.

Topics, study guides and information about the chairpersons will be released in due course.

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