Conference on Disarmament concludes 2013 session

The Conference on Disarmament, a multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, finished its 2013 session on Friday.

One of the first messages to the conference took place on January 22. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Secretary-General of the Conference and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both made addresses that called for an end to the stalemate currently plaguing the work of the conference. Ban said that the work of the conference was crucial to disarmament negotiations.

Tokayev gave a statement on June 18 about his past proposals on substantive and procedural aspects. He also made three proposals for the establishment of an informal working group, the establishment of a body to make proposals to the conference and the designation of a special coordinator.

In one of the final addresses to the conference, Tokayev looked back at the creation of the Informal Working Group, which took place on August 16, as a small step in the right direction. He said that this step would lead the conference towards an understanding of how to resume substantive work. He finished by saying it is important the work of this new group be allowed to continue in 2014.