Source: United Nations (Video News)
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Security Council
– Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
– Yemen Children and Armed conflict
– EXPO 2020
– World Tourism Day
– Financial Contribution
This morning, the Security Council held an open debate to mark the 25th anniversary of the comprehensive Nuclear Test-ban Treaty.
Izumi Nakamitsu, the Head of the Department of Disarmament Affairs, said we are rightly celebrating the anniversary of a hard-won victory, but she added, this should also be a time to rethink what we can do to overcome the challenges that still lie ahead.
Since its adoption by the General Assembly and opening for signature in September 1996, the Treaty has achieved a near universal adherence, of 185 signatories and 170 ratifying States.
However, Ms. Nakamistsu added, in recent years, we have seen a worrisome trend towards the modernization and expansion of nuclear arsenals.
As relations continue to decline amongst States that possess nuclear weapons, we cannot take for granted that the norm against nuclear testing will hold, she said.
She concluded that the best way to uphold the norm against testing is to reaffirm and enhance support for the Treaty – to reinforce its existing strengths and to strive to bring about the entry into force. And the head of the CBTO also briefed the Security Council.
ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Yesterday was the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. In his message, António Guterres said that we are seeing worrying signs of a new arms race and face the highest level of nuclear risk in almost four decades.
And tomorrow in the General Assembly, the Secretary-General will speak at the high-level event to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
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