News in Brief 18 September 2019

  • UN and Red Cross chiefs unite for call to end use of explosive weapons in cities
  • Cameroon stresses commitment to tackle Boko Haram (#HRC42)
  • Mediterranean diet ‘must be protected and promoted’ for global well-being, says UN food agency
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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. 

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News in Brief 18 June 2018

  • ‘Unconscionable’ US border policy separates migrant children from parents: Zeid
  • Hundreds of thousands of lives lost each year to small arms and light weapons: UN chief
  • ‘Worst devastation I have seen,’ says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie, as she visits Mosul
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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).

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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.

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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.

Ghana backs proposed UN treaty on weapons trade

Ghana today called for a legally-binding United Nations treaty on arms trade that would help stem the flow of arms to destinations where they could fuel conflict or undermine national and regional peace.

Ban urges greater focus on humanitarian impact of explosive devices

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on parties to a global pact banning the use of mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians to give greater attention to the humanitarian impact of these deadly weapons.

New treaty to combat illicit arms trafficking crucial for Central Africa, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted ministers from Central African nations to work towards adopting a legal instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking, a move that will help reduce violence and bring peace and security to countries in the sub-region.