disarmament

News in Brief 09 April 2018

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UN Disarmament Commission debates ways to prevent arms race in outer space

Despite the deteriorating security situation, there are some signs of progress in the field of disarmament, such as the intention of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to hold summit talks, a senior United Nations official said Monday.

News in Brief 23 March 2018

  • Syria conflict: UNICEF reports 17 children killed at school in Idlib
  • Artificial intelligence could be “more dangerous than the nuclear threat”: Geneva Director-General
  • WHO looking for leaders to stamp out TB by 2030
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In Geneva, UN chief urges new push to free world from nuclear weapons

Warning that nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to make a reinvigorated push to rid the world of such weapons.

Proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with ‘meaningful response,’ urges UN disarmament chief

Evidence of the use, or likely use, of banned chemical weapons in Syria should be met with a “meaningful response” within the Security Council, the United Nations disarmament affairs chief said on Monday.

UN chief congratulates US, Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts, urges further disarmament

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday congratulated the United States and Russia on successfully reducing their strategic nuclear forces to the level required by a new bilateral treaty signed in 2010, calling on both sides to engage in the necessary dialogue that will lead to further arsenal reductions.

Time to translate nuclear test moratorium into legally binding obligation – UN chief

Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed the readiness of the United Nations to help bring into force the global treaty banning nuclear tests, adopted more than 20 years ago, while noting that the “destabilizing and provocative” actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) seek to undermine the global norm against nuclear explosions.

Treaty banning nuclear weapons opens for signature at UN

The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature today at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.

UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons

Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.

UN Member States set to adopt ‘historic’ treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

In what is set to be a “historic” moment at the United Nations, Member States will adopt on Friday a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.