By operative paragraph 6 of its resolution 71/67 (A/RES/71/67
) the General Assembly of the United Nations requested the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on the development and strengthening of practical and effective nuclear disarmament verification measures and on the importance of such measures in achieving and maintaining a world without nuclear weapons, and to report back to the General Assembly at its seventy-second session.
In pursuance of that resolution, on 20 February 2017, the Office for Disarmament Affairs sent a Note verbale
to all Member States to request their views by 12 May 2017
Each submission must be accompanied by an executive summary of no more than 400 words. The executive summary will be included in the report of the Secretary-General, while the submission in extenso will be posted on the website of the Office for Disarmament Affairs unless an objection is communicated by the Permanent Missions’ Governments.
This requirement is to ensure compliance with the Secretary-General’s decision to reduce the length of reports by 10 per cent so as to comply with the respective General Assembly resolutions on control and limitation of documentation.