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.
“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.
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.
UNIC 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 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