Diplomats from New Zealand holding whispered conversation, during discussions of a possible program of work at the Conference on Disarmament. 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 33, 2012 Session 1, Plenary meeting 1253. Presidency of Egypt.