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News in Brief 16 June 2022

  • Forced displacement numbers exceed 100 million, says UNHCR

  • Ireland leads push for explosive weapons curb in urban warfare settings

  • Just 6 per cent of domestic workers have full social protection, says ILO

UN News/Daniel Johnson

Arms trade treaty talks at UN set to focus on gender impact of weapons exports

The arms trade involves almost every country in the world, but more action is needed to consider how the $100 billion a year industry impacts on gender-based violence, the head of a key treaty said on Thursday.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš of Latvia, President of the 5th Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties meeting in Geneva next week, explains how for the first time, the treaty’s signatories are expected to agree to look at gender as a criteria for weapons exports in future.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (screen) delivers remarks at formal open consultations at UN Headquarters in New York on the 2016 Comprehensive Review of the implementation of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004).
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As UN takes stock of landmark resolution on weapons proliferation, Ban urges greater prevention efforts

While Governments around the world have been working decidedly and collectively to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, the international community must intensify efforts in that regard in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Global military spending at highest since World War II

Global military spending is the highest it’s been since World War II, despite military spending cuts in the United States and Western Europe.

That’s according to Aude Fleurant, an expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The growth in spending is being driven largely by countries in Asia.

Ms Fleurant spoke about SIPRI’s research at a recent UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) meeting at UN headquarters in New York.

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Afghanistan striving to be mine-free by 2023

Although Afghanistan has been cleared of nearly 80 per cent of the landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) buried during conflicts, these weapons still pose serious threats to the lives of thousands of citizens.

That’s according to Mohammad Wakil, officer-in-charge of the UN mine action programme which has been operating in the country for more than 25 years.

Last year, landmines and ERW killed 388 people, according to a report by the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Weapons collected in Libya to prevent arms proliferation.
Giovanni Diffidenti

On Global Day, UN expert urges less military spending, more investment in development

Marking the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the United Nations independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order called on all governments to boost transparency and cuts in military expenditures, and increase investments in nutrition, health, environmental protection and other major sustainable development challenges.