Updated: Apr 30, 2019
U N I T E D N A T I O N S G E N E R A L A S S E M B L Y
The United Nations (UN) Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) was created as the first of the Main Committees in the General Assembly when the charter of the United Nations was signed in 1945. Thus, DISEC is often referred to as the First Committee. It includes all nations that are United Nations Member States.
The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. With the increase of weapons and growing security threats, DISEC continues to grow in importance and becomes a significant part of resolving international crises. In summary, DISEC cannot require that countries take a specific action. However, the committee can make recommendations to the Security Council about what should be done on a specific issue.
Each member of DISEC, as with the other committees in the General Assembly, has one vote in decisions made by the committee. Once decisions are made in DISEC, they, along with decisions made by the other five main committees, are presented before the General Assembly as draft resolutions for consideration in a special plenary session.