A television cameraman in the observation gallery during a visit by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the Conference on Disarmament where he was to read a statement. The Conference on Disarmament, established in 1979, is the only forum for nations to discuss multilateral arms control and disarmament issues. It has a primary focus nuclear weapons control and disarmament. 65 countries, and 38 observer nations, convene annually at the United Nations' Palais des Nations building for three sessions of talks totalling 24 weeks. Conference on Disarmament. Year 36, 2015 Session 1, Plenary meeting 1340. Presidency of Mongolia.