Disarmament Commission presents challenges and opportunities:Angela Kane

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Angela Kane

The work of the current session of the UN Disarmament Commission begins in a complex international environment — one that combines both old challenges and new opportunities, according to Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Ms. Kane made her remarks at United Nations headquarters on Monday at the opening of the Commission's annual three week session.

She said the Commission is the oldest component of the UN disarmament machinery, but it still faces the problems of anxiety and lack of confidence that it faced when the Commission was created in 1952.

“It is a factor that feeds instability in the Middle East, South Asia, and Northeast Asia.  It helps to explain both the slow rate of progress in achieving global nuclear disarmament and the robust growth of long-term nuclear weapon modernization programmes. It  underlies the relentless expansion of military budgets, in the face of unmet social and economic needs. ” 

Lack of confidence, she continued, is a factor that feeds instability in the Middle East, South Asia, and Northeast Asia.

It helps to explain both the slow rate of progress in achieving global nuclear disarmament and the robust growth of long-term nuclear weapon modernization programmes.

Lack of confidence underlies the relentless expansion of military budgets, in the face of unmet social and economic needs.

And it accounts for deeply divided votes in the General Assembly, she said, on many disarmament resolutions, especially those pertaining to nuclear weapons.

Ms. Kane recognizes that the issues on the Commission's agenda are profoundly difficult on many levels — that's why they are there and if they were easy, they would have already been solved.

She said the General Assembly has confidence in this Commission to reach a positive outcome in its deliberations.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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