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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

Sep 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

In 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared September 26 to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). The aims of the day are to enhance public awareness about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination. The UNGA resolution establishing…

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UN Secretary-General reminds world of priority for Disarmament

On May 24, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres released a video message highlighting the importance of disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament. ‘Today the global security environment is threatened from many sides‘ said Mr Guterres. ‘Regional nuclear challenges persist. And tensions between nuclear armed rivals have intensified.’ Countries…

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French organizations commemorate UN Resolution 1 (1) rejecting nuclear weapons

[Photo: French nuclear test in Algeria] Seven major peace organisations in France released a joint statement yesterday commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 1 (1) adopted on January 24, 1946, and calling on the leaders of France and other nuclear armed States to ‘put an end…

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Can the UN Command and Security Council play roles for peace in Korea?

Photo: Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre, deputy commander of the United Nations Command, speaks during a ceremony on July 27, 2018, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. (Jung Yeon-je /Pool Photo via AP) On November…

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A divided UN General Assembly votes on nuclear disarmament resolutions

Oct 24-30 was UN Disarmament Week, during which member states voted on a range of disarmament decisions and resolutions. Decisions generally relate to actions to be undertaken by UN Secretariat, and require implementation. Resolutions, on the other hand, are mostly indications of governments’ positions and intent. They can be very authoritative and influential if supported…

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Nuclear Abolition Day: Security Council session clashes with UN High-Level Meeting

The UN General Assembly held a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament on Wednesday last week (September 26) to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other leaders from around the world used the opportunity to promote key initiatives and measures for nuclear disarmament including…

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UN Secretary-General calls for dialogue on nuclear disarmament

September 26. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Sincere, substantive and results-oriented dialogue towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, led by the nuclear-armed States, is urgently needed, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who addressed a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly today. The plenary commemorates the International Day for…

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