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Updated On: Monday, 24 September 2018

Guterres Urges Action on Disarmament

Content by: South-South News

28 February 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres called on delegates at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva to build on a new momentum towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Addressing the conference on the first day of high-level meetings on February 26, Guterres said that discussions are off to the best start in two decades. He also told delegates that disarmament and arms control are top priorities for him, stressing that “there is great and justified anxiety around the world about the threat of nuclear war.”

Guterres said that in East Asia, millions of people face this threat up close on a daily basis.

The Secretary-General also outlined details of a new initiative he is preparing, in support of Member States, to give greater impetus and direction to the global disarmament agenda.

He said the initiative is aimed at “restoring the role of disarmament as an integral component of work to maintain international peace and security,” adding that “the initiative will strive to offer a new perspective on traditional priorities, a clear vision for the future, and practical and implementable actions.”

Guterres also called for an examination of the potential risks and challenges posed by weapons of the future, “including the relationship between new technologies – autonomous and unmanned weapons, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and space-based systems – and international humanitarian and human rights law.”

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