Security Council Report’s series of Cross-Cutting Reports are designed to follow thematic issues on the Council’s agenda and track the way in which thematic principles are applied by the Council in individual country-specific situations. This report deals with the thematic issue which has been longest on the Council’s agenda—arms control and disarmament. It was the UN Charter itself, in 1945, which in article 26 gave the Council this mandate. In November 2008, at the initiative of Costa Rica, the Council returned to this wide and challenging responsibility. Following that debate Security Council Report began preparation of a detailed study of all aspects of the Council’s role in disarmament. This study is now being published in two parts. This first part deals with arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and is available to members in time for the summit-level Security Council meeting to be presided over by US President Barack Obama on 24 September 2009. The second part will also be published in September. It addresses the Council’s role in respect of conventional weapons and small arms. It also looks specifically, in a cross-cutting way, at the impact on disarmament at the local level deriving from Council action in country-specific situations, including arms embargoes, mandates for arms monitoring and disarmament of former combatants.
Please find a link to the Security Council Report: Cross-Cutting Report, 2009 No.2 1 September 2009 below: