UN-backed report finds increase in international transfers of small arms

Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the most transparent top and major small arms exporters, a new report backed by the United Nations has found.

UN event seeks civil society’s participation in achieving disarmament goals

The United Nations hopes to boost the participation of civil society in reaching disarmament goals, with the world body’s annual conference on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) set to kick off next week in Mexico City.

Experts meet at UN for first talks on possible arms trade treaty

Experts gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York today to begin talks on a possible treaty governing the trade in conventional arms.

UN meeting on security in Central Africa wraps up

The illicit arms trade, violence in individual Central African countries and other pressing concerns were among the issues addressed at a United Nations meeting on the region’s security concerns which concluded today in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Marking Hiroshima anniversary, Ban Ki-moon calls for elimination of nuclear weapons

On the 62nd anniversary of the world’s first-ever atomic bomb attack, which devastated the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the occasion serves as a “powerful reminder” of the efforts necessary to halt nuclear proliferation.

Secretary-General Ban urges all States not to expand nuclear arsenals, reduce stockpiles

Preventing further expansion of nuclear arsenals and reducing weapon stockpiles should be the key aims of this year’s Conference on Disarmament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in his message to the meeting’s first session in Geneva, where he also noted that military spending worldwide has risen to over $1.2 trillion.

Annan calls for immediate action to curb use of cluster bombs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for urgent actions to address the “disastrous impact” of cluster munitions, warheads that can scatter scores of smaller bombs, especially when used in populated areas, as occurred in this summer’s conflict between Israel and the Lebanese Hizbollah group.

Annan appoints new Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed an experienced Japanese diplomat, who has also held high-level posts within the UN system, as the new Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs, a spokesman said.

In face of stalemate, Annan urges disarmament negotiators to take pragmatic steps

As delegates participating in the world's sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations gathered in Geneva to begin their annual session, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged them to take a pragmatic approach to breaking the stalemate that has dogged efforts to reduce arsenals in recent years.

Assembly committee must work to break stalemate on nuclear arms – UN official

The senior United Nations disarmament official today called on the General Assembly’s security committee to break the diplomatic stalemate on nuclear arms that led to a failure to achieve progress on the issue at recent international meetings.