U.N. First Committee sends 15 draft resolutions to General Assembly

The United Nations' First Committee on Nuclear Disarmament and International Security met recently and voted on 15 draft resolutions, which were sent to the U.N. General Assembly for consideration towards global nuclear disarmament.

The participants at the First Committee's 22nd meeting discussed international security and hurdles toward reaching global nuclear disarmament. At the top of the agenda was regional stability and security in the Middle East and Asia, international disarmament machinery and the peaceful use of technology in outer space.

The Committee approved a draft resolution on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and Asia. The resolution, titled "Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitment," would urge Israel, Pakistan and India to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty immediately or fall subject to full-scope inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Under an additional provision, the Assembly asked the international community to work together to implement the three specific stipulations of the 2010 Review Conference Action Plan. One aspect of the Plan seeks to overcome the obstacles of international disarmament machinery.

The Committee approved one of two draft resolutions regarding disarmament in outer space. The approved draft resolution prevents an outer space arms race. States with major space development capabilities would be asked to use the technology for peaceful use.