A world with catastrophic weapons is not safe: PGA

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John Ashe

67 years after the first General Assembly   resolution was adopted on "atomic weapons and all other weapons adaptable to mass destruction", the UN General Assembly was meeting Thursday for the very first time in a High-level meeting on this critical subject.

General Assembly President Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda says "Today's historic high-level meeting provides an opportunity to honor the vision of the Millennium Declaration and to renew our commitment to a world free of fear."

” A world with catastrophic weapons is not safe, nor does it help achieve peace and security for all. As President of the General Assembly, I stand ready to provide any support possible to strengthen and further the disarmament agenda, which is already a high priority for this Assembly. Building on today's meeting and the work many of you are already doing, we can make significant progress – to advancing the agenda before us and to creating a world that honors what we all truly value: security, prosperity and peace and human well-being.”

General Assembly President John Ashe pointed to the "sad irony that as we endeavour to improve the lives of people around the world, we devote significant attention to vehicles that would destroy them.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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