The NPT conference wants to further nuclear disarmament



At the opening of the four-week review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told State representatives that they can and must to better to further nuclear disarmament. Bissera Kostova reports.

Mayors for Peace speak out for nuclear disarmament

At the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York in 1982, the Mayor of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support this program. The organization “The Mayors for Peace” later emerged. Composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program, the Mayors for Peace membership as of May 2010, stood at nearly 4,000 cities in 143 countries and regions.
On the second day of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference taking place at the UN, the Mayors for Peace met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reaffirm their common commitment to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Billy George Regan, a European member of Mayors for Peace, says he got involved in the disarmament movement at a time when the Cold War was in full swing:

A stronger than anticipated rebound in the Asia Pacific Region

A United Nations report released in early May urges governments in the Asia-Pacific region to increase social spending to consolidate the region’s stronger than anticipated economic rebound and to spur over the long term a fairer, more balanced, and sustained economic recovery. Launching the report the 2010 Survey of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said it contains a number of key messages.

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