Nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security: BanListen /
The success of nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament on Thursday.
He said it would free up vast and much-needed resources for social and economic development; advance the rule of law; spare the environment and help keep nuclear materials from terrorist and extremist groups.
“Some progress has been made. Declared stockpiles have been falling for decades. Some nuclear-weapon states have closed test sites, eliminated certain nuclear weapons, ceased to produce nuclear-weapon materials, and enhanced physical security. The review conferences of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have yielded disarmament commitments that the parties expect to be fulfilled.Yet much remains to be done.”
Secretary-General Ban warned that the transparency of nuclear weapons stocks, delivery systems and fissile material remains weak and uneven. He said the nuclear weapons states have a special responsibility to intensify their efforts, reminding them that nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are mutually reinforcing.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.