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UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January

In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement commended all the countries whose ratification of the accord, approved by 122 nations at the General Assembly in 2017, who have helped bring the ban on weapons this far, singling out the work of civil society groups. More

UN Disarmament Commission Debates Ways To Prevent Arms Race In Outer Space

“At a time when global anxieties about nuclear weapons are higher than at any time since the Cold War, measures for disarmament and arms control are more vital than ever,” Thomas Markram, Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the opening of the 2018 session of the UN Disarmament Commission, held in New York. More.

UN Chief Deplores the “fractious deadlock” Surrounding Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

United Nations – The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has urged all states to focus on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in order to “prevent the human, environmental and existential destruction these weapons can cause”. Mr. Ban was speaking during a UN Security Council debate on August 24, 2016, on challenges in addressing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), at which he referred to the existence of a more fluid and dangerous global strategic context for disarmament.

‘No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis,’ Ban declares on anniversary of atomic bombing

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world “free of the nuclear shadow,” in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Continue reading

Marking the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in Australia

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in AustraliaUNIC Canberra partnered with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to mark the first observance of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on the 26 September 2014. As master of ceremonies, UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe introduced the event and read the Secretary-General’s Continue reading

In Nagasaki message, Ban stresses need for education on benefits of nuclear disarmament

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) visits the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Japan, in August 2010. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeIn his message to a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the benefits of nuclear disarmament must be spread worldwide through education. “We must eliminate all nuclear weapons in order to eliminate the grave risk they pose Continue reading