U.N. First Committee approves eight drafts on weapons and disarmament

The U.N. First Committee on Disarmament and International Security approved eight draft resolutions on Monday, including a follow-up resolution to the General Assembly's high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament.

The nuclear disarmament draft resolution called for the urgent start of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament on a nuclear weapons convention to prohibit the transfer, stockpiling, testing, acquisition, production, development, possession, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and to provide for the destruction of such weapons. The resolution includes a provision that expresses deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons and a reaffirmation of the need for states to comply with applicable international law.

The draft resolution would also require that the General Assembly convene a high-level international conference no later than 2018 on nuclear disarmament to review progress made. The resolution would also declare September 26 as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The resolution was approved by a recorded vote of 129 in favor to 28 against with 19 abstentions. The resolution will join seven other resolutions to be forwarded to the General Assembly for adoption.

The other resolutions that were voted on and approved included a traditional text on the united action toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, a resolution urging all U.N. Member States to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, a resolution on taking multilateral disarmament negotiations forward and another text on nuclear disarmament.

The committee approved three draft resolutions without a vote, including resolutions on the Southeast Asia nuclear weapon free zone, the convention on prohibiting certain conventional weapons and transparency and confidence building measures in outer space.