UN chief: "I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons"

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Conference on Disarmament 2017 session gets underway in Geneva. UN Photo

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his commitment to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

António Guterres comments came in a video message for the opening of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday.

It was established in 1979 as the sole negotiating forum on this issue for the international community.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General said disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing outbreaks of new strife.

It also helps to provide what he described as "the breathing space" which would allow for confidence-building and stability.

"Disarmament is an integral element of a peaceful and prosperous world. It is one of the pillars on which the United Nations was built. As Secretary-General, I am firmly resolved to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons. I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons."

Mr Guterres told delegates to the Conference that the world is looking to them to promote security through peaceful action.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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