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Resolution 18

Armaments: regulation and reduction


18 (1947). Resolution of 13 February 1947


The Security Council,

Having accepted General Assembly resolution 41 (1) of 14 December 1946, and recognizing that the general
regulation and reduction of armaments and armed forces constitute a most important measure for
strengthening international peace and security and that the implementation of the resolution of the
General Assembly on this subject is one of the most urgent and important tasks before the Security


1. To work out the practical measures for giving effect to General Assembly resolutions 41 (1) and 42 (I)
of 14 December 1946 concerning, on the one hand, the general regulation and reduction of armaments and
armed forces and the establishment of international control to bring about the reduction of armaments and
armed forces and, on the other hand, information concerning the armed forces of the United Nations;

2. To consider as soon as possible the report submitted by the Atomic Energy Commission and to take
suitable decisions in order to facilitate its work;

3. To set up a commission consisting of representatives of the members of the Security Council with
instructions to prepare and submit to the Security Council, within the space of not more than three
months, the proposals (a) for the general regulation and reduction of armaments and armed forces, and (b)
for practical and effective safeguards in connexion with the general regulation and reduction of
armaments, which the commission may be in a position to formulate in order to ensure the implementation
of the above-mentioned resolutions of the General Assembly of 14 December 1946, in so far as these
resolutions relate to armaments within the new commission's jurisdiction;
The commission shall submit a plan of work to the Council for approval;
Those matters which fall within the competence of the Atomic Energy Commission as determined by General
Assembly resolutions 1 (I) of 24 January 1946 and 41 (I) of 14 December 1946 shall be excluded from the
jurisdiction of the commission hereby established;
The title of the commission shall be the Commission for Conventional Armaments;
The Commission shall make such proposals as it may deem advisable concerning the studies which the
Military Staff Committee and possibly other organs of the United Nations might be asked to undertake;

4. To request the Military Staff Committee to submit to it, as soon as possible and as a matter of
urgency, the recommendations for which it has been asked by the Security Council on 16 February 1946 in
pursuance of Article 43 of the Charter and, as a first step, to submit to the Security Council, not later
than 30 April 1947, its recommendations with regard to the basic principles which should govern the
organization of the United Nations armed force.

Adopted at the 105th meeting by 10 votes to none, with 1 abstention (Union of Soviet Socialist

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