Possessor States Must Do Better on Nuclear‑Weapon‑Free Zones, Cyberspace, Small Arms, Delegates Tell First Committee

15 Oct

Despite the regional cooperation evident in various areas of the disarmament agenda — including nuclear‑weapon‑free zones, cyberspace and small arms and light weapons — States in possession of the largest arsenals must urgently do better, delegates told the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) today, during its second virtual meeting.

Delegates Stress Need to Forge Convergence Out of Differences over Disarmament, Non-proliferation, as First Committee Concludes Thematic Debate

14 Oct

Any new impetus for dialogue on disarmament and non‑proliferation must forge convergence out of the current differences among States with a view to advancing the goal of a safer world, free of nuclear weapons, delegates said today, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its thematic debate on several agenda items.

Delegates Highlight Disarmament Crisis Marked by Proliferating Weapons of Mass Destruction, Illicit Small Arms Trade, as First Committee Continues Debate

13 Oct

Addressing a cluster of thematic issues, delegates painted a picture today of a world in disarmament crisis, from the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to the rampant illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) continued the thematic segment of its session.

Delegates Call on Arms Manufacturing, Nuclear‑Weapon States to Reduce Production, Slash Stockpiles, as First Committee Concludes General Debate

12 Oct

Against the backdrop of an eroding security architecture, delegates called today on arms‑manufacturing and nuclear‑weapon nations to rein in production, reduce stockpiles and adhere fully to their treaty commitments, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its general debate and began the thematic segment of its session.

Disarmament Efforts Stalling amid Emerging Arms Race, Upgrading of Nuclear Arsenals, Delegates Warn as First Committee Continues General Debate

11 Oct

While the international disarmament machinery remains elemental in the pursuit of a world free of weapons of mass destruction, that effort is stalling in the face of unabated existential threats, delegates emphasized today, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) entered the fifth day of its general debate.

Cooperation, Multilateralism Must Replace Tensions, Division, Disarmament Chief Tells First Committee, Stressing Choice between ‘Breakdown or Breakthrough’

8 Oct

The world is at a point where cooperation and multilateralism must replace tensions and division, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said today, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) convened the first of three virtual dialogues to be held during its seventy-sixth session.

Use of Chemical, Biological Weapons Unacceptable in Any Context, Delegates Stress, as First Committee Continues General Debate

7 Oct

Condemning the use of chemical and biological weapons as unacceptable under any context or circumstances, delegates urged all States to abide by critical existing international instruments for their regulation, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) continued its general debate today.

Nuclear-Weapon-Free States Demand Immediate End to Deterrence Policies, Start of Dismantling Atomic Arsenals, as First Committee Continues General Debate

6 Oct

Calling for swift remedies to mend a fractured non-proliferation landscape, nuclear-weapon-free States demanded an immediate end to deterrence policies and the start of dismantling atomic arsenals, as the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) moved into the third day of its general debate.

Need for Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones More Urgent with Key Powers Racing to Boost Deadly Arsenals, Delegates Say, as General Assembly Debate Continues

5 Oct

Creating nuclear-weapon-free zones is even more urgent as the major powers continue to develop arsenals that threaten the existence of humanity, delegates told the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) today, as it continued its general debate.