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1 Jerzy Zaleski, Comprehensive Programme of Disarmament: Consideration of the Item by the CD 1 (2011)

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Consideration of the Item by the CD
May 2011
The CD Discussion Series
Between December 2010 and July 2011, the UNIDIR project The Conference on
Disarmament: Breaking the Ice and the Geneva Forum are organizing a series of
thematic discussions to examine the myths and realities of the CD-as well as the
critical challenges facing it-with the aim to increase understanding of the history,
processes and issue areas of this unique negotiating forum.
Background paper by Jerzy Zaleski for the discussion New forms of WMD,
transparency in armaments, and a comprehensive programme of disarmament-
obsolete or ignored? organized by UNIDIR and the Geneva Forum, 6 May 2011
Origins of the item on the comprehensive
programme on disarmament
1.    The origins of a comprehensive programme of disarmament (CPD) can be
traced to article 11 of the Charter of the United Nations, according to which the
General Assembly is mandated to consider principles governing disarmament
and the regulation of armaments and to make recommendations with regard
to such principles to the Members, or to the Security Council or to both. In
1969, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant, suggested that the
General Assembly could establish a specific programme and timetable for dealing
with all aspects of arms limitation and disarmament. Subsequently, the General
Assembly, while declaring the 1970s as a Disarmament Decade, requested, inter
alia, the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (CCD) to elaborate a
comprehensive programme on all aspects of the cessation of the arms race and
general and complete disarmament under effective international control.'
1 General Assembly, Question of General and Complete Disarmament, UN document
A/RES/2602(XXIV)E, 16 December 1969.
Until October 2009, Jerzy Zaleski served as the Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Geneva Branch
of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, acting as the Secretary of the Conference on
Disarmament and a senior member of the Secretariat of the Review Conferences of States Parties
to the NPT, and earlier also to the Review Conferences of the BWC and CCW. In 2005 he was elected
the Secretary-General of the 2005 NPT Review Conference. He also supervised the United Nations
Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament. Prior to entering the United Nations Office in Geneva, he
was the Head of the Political Division of the Department of the UN System in the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Poland. His responsibilities included disarmament, arms control and international security
and the UN peacekeeping operations; he also acted as the Executive Secretary of the Polish delegations
to the UN General Assembly sessions. He holds a master degree in electronics and computer sciences
and a postgraduate diploma in international relations. Zaleski is currently an independent disarmament


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