Cooperation vital to preventing terrorists from accessing WMD: UN official

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Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, addresses the Security Council debate on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Better international cooperation is essential if countries are to prevent terrorist groups from accessing weapons of mass destruction, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, was speaking during a meeting on the non-proliferation of these weapons.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ms Izumi began her briefing by stating that the possibility of terrorist groups acquiring weapons of mass destruction remains a "significant threat" to global security. 

And while there has been progress in recent years to minimize the risk, further action is still needed. 

She highlighted how technologies that once only were accessible by military experts are now freely available to broader audiences. 

She also underscored the value of national efforts to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

"Recent terrorist attacks have revealed shortcomings in interactions among security agencies even in countries whose policies are otherwise deeply integrated. Coordination and information sharing will be vital to overcoming these shortcomings. All Member States should further strengthen export controls, work to prevent any financing of weapons of mass destruction, and ensure security of sensitive goods and materials."

Ms Nakamitsu urged countries to remain vigilant, adding that the UN is fully committed to working with them on the issue.

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

Duration: 1’13″

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