Cluster munitions convention is working despite ongoing use in conflicts, says treaty monitor

Four countries have completely destroyed their stockpiles of cluster munitions since 2017, according to a report by a leading coalition seeking a global ban on the weapons in line with the international convention governing their use. However, Mary Wareham, one of the editors of Cluster Munition Monitor 2018, tells UN News that these weapons are still claiming victims.

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UN chief welcomes first anniversary of landmark treaty banning nuclear weapons

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday welcomed the first anniversary of the adoption of the milestone Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an ‘essential pillar’ of international peace, says UN chief

On the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged all State parties to ensure the Treaty’s continued strength and importance in the years ahead.

Twenty-year-old disarmament process in Sierra Leone 'miraculous'

For this latest UN and Africa podcast, as the UN chief António Guterres unveils a new disarmament agenda, we’ll hear from a former UN staff member who watched the West African country rid itself of the menace of deadly battlefield weapons.

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‘Frontier technology’ key element of new UN disarmament agenda

It’s time for the United Nations to play a bigger role in disarmament, according to UN chief António Guterres, calling for concrete, practical actions to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Among those actions is to maximize the benefits of “frontier technology”. Daniel Johnson discusses the various ways that the UN is looking to incorporate such technology in its disarmament agenda.

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News in Brief 24 May 2018

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda to secure ‘our world and our future’
  • HIV/AIDS costing billions in lost earnings, says new UN report
  • UN releases new money to combat escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel
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UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’

The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction.

News in Brief 18 May 2018

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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.