The Committee on Disarmament and International Security (1st Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations) is the Committee responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. The mandate of one of the main committees of the General Assembly is devoted to disarmament and any threat to peace that may affect the international community as we know it. The endeavors of the 1st Committee of the GA are also focused on seeking solutions to any possible and future challenges that the regime of international security may face.
DISEC includes all the member states of the UN in its corps, following the principle of ‘’one member, one vote’’, providing the opportunity to member states to focus, among others, on issues of arms control and global safety. Although the 1st Committee of the GA does not possess the exclusive and binding mandate of the Security Council, it is constantly in full cooperation with this main body of the UN, by making recommendations that concern the field of international peace and security. The normative nature of the resolutions of this committee renders them salient, let alone respected by the Security Council.
The issue of nuclear disarmament has become more worrisome in the last year with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conducting more and more missile tests. The most recent missile test saw the DPRK test an intercontinental missile, which flew higher and farther than previous tests they’ve conducted. The tenuous situation leaves the international community more pressed to find a solution to the growing problem of nuclear capability within this region. It is, therefore, important that the First Committee of the General Assembly finds a way forward for nuclear disarmament. This is especially true as legally there has been little development in order to ensure that nuclear disarmament is properly adhered to by countries. Furthermore, the nuclear capability of other countries within the area is also a matter of concern. There needs to be concrete steps towards nuclear disarmament so that tensions do not continue to arise among those with nuclear capability.
Addressing the issue of nuclear disarmament in the Asian region, focusing on the DPRK case
DISEC Country Matrix
|Central African Republic|
|Democratic People’s Republic of Korea*|
|Republic of Korea*|
|United Republic of Tanzania|
|United States of America*|