Disarmament forum urged to agree on its work plan

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Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations, Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Conference on Disarmament known as CD, which meets in Geneva, has been urged to end its stalemate and agree on a work plan.

The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the CD as it began its session on Tuesday.

The Conference on Disarmament is the forum where delegates from around the world negotiate about arms control and agreements to eliminate weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear bombs.

The Secretary-General said that as in previous years, the last session of the CD failed to produce a programme of work.

The Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered the Secretary-General's message which stressed the urgency of the matter.

"The world today remains over-armed. Peace is under-funded. We cannot afford to lose yet another year. The items on your agenda, which focus mainly on weapons of mass destruction, transcend the narrow national interests of any one State and have significant implications for international peace and security. I urge you to revive substantive negotiations without delay." (

The Secretary-General urged the Conference on Disarmament to engage more closely with civil society where, he says, there is strong support for nuclear disarmament.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'24"

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