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Conference on Disarmament

The Conference on Disarmament (CD), was established in Geneva in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, following the first Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD I) of the United Nations General Assembly held in 1978.

The Conference and its predecessor bodies have been the venue for the negotiation of major international treaties in the field of disarmament, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968), the Biological Weapons Convention (1972), the Chemical Weapons Convention (1992) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (1996).

Ireland has been a member of the Conference since 1999 and in August-September 2013 acted as President of the Conference. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade addressed the Conference on Disarmament most recently in March 2015.