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From: Executive Director Collins

An Introduction to the Conference

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) breaks down the role of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). It was first recognized in 1978 and it meets annually and currently includes 65 countries. Other members of the United Nations (UN) can take part in discussions as non-member states.  Together, the conference is involved it most all arms control and disarmament problems and is responsible for the development of many treaties including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The acting director-general  of the UNOG is also the Security-general for the conference.


Significance: The Conference on Disbarment is responsible for the developing many important treaties when it comes to arms control. With out this system it would be much more difficult to have the necessary discussions about Arms control in all its definitions.


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