UN chief calls for progress in eliminating nuclear weapons

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

Countries with nuclear weapons have been urged to make immediate and concrete progress in the elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.

The call was made by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in his message to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese City of Hiroshima.

The Secretary-General paid his deepest respect to the memories of those who perished there 69 years ago.

He also thanked the survivors of the nuclear attack, known the hibakusha, for their tireless efforts to remind the world of the inhumanity of what he described as "horrible weapons of mass destruction."

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"The Secretary-General said that one of the great ironies of modern science is that humans are searching for life on other planets while retaining and modernizing weapons of mass destruction that, if used, can destroy all life on planet Earth. He said that we must address this failing and counter the militarism that breeds the pursuit of such weaponry. He called for immediate and concrete progress so that the hibakusha – the survivors of the bombing – and the world can witness the final destruction of the last nuclear weapon as we end the historical nightmare known as the age of nuclear weapons – and welcome the dawning of a new era of hope, peace, and prosperity for all." (28")

The Secretary-General's message to the 2014 World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs was delivered by Angela Kane, his High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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