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The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on states to control access to technology and information that could be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

15 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council vote
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Preventing non-state actors from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction is among the most important responsibilities of the international community. The nuclear security summits, the international convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism, and the close engagement by this Council on allegations of chemical weapons use, have all played an important role in keeping us safe.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“In our rapidly evolving global security environment, gaps will continue to open. We have seen the rise of vicious non-state groups with no regard for human life. They actively seek weapons of mass destruction I am sure. And these weapons are increasingly accessible. We have seen this in the use of chemical weapons by Daesh in Syria and Iraq.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“It is not simply a case of letting these weapons fall into the wrong hands, there are no right hands for wrong weapons; no right hands for wrong weapons. And weapons of mass destruction are simply wrong. There is only one sure way to prevent terrorist from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. That is the complete elimination of these weapons.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. Pan left, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, walks up to the stakeout microphone
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain:
“Terrorism is a reality that could lead to more catastrophic consequences if terrorists succeed in their efforts to use weapons of mass destruction. You will know that chemical weapons have already been used by terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Resolution 2325 sets an agenda to fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly for terrorist purposes.”
12. Pan right, Dastis Quecedo walks away from the stakeout microphone

STORYLINE:

The Security Council today (15 Dec) unanimously adopted a resolution calling on states to control access to technology and information that could be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

In his last speech to the Security Council before the end of its mandate, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Council that “preventing non-state actors from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction is among the most important responsibilities of the international community.”

Eliasson said “in our rapidly evolving global security environment, gaps will continue to open. We have seen the rise of vicious non-state groups with no regard for human life. They actively seek weapons of mass destruction I am sure. And these weapons are increasingly accessible. We have seen this in the use of chemical weapons by Daesh in Syria and Iraq.”

The Deputy-Secretary-General said “it is not simply a case of letting these weapons fall into the wrong hands, there are no right hands for wrong weapons; no right hands for wrong weapons. And weapons of mass destruction are simply wrong. There is only one sure way to prevent terrorist from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. That is the complete elimination of these weapons.”

Outside the Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, who presided the meeting, said “terrorism is a reality that could lead to more catastrophic consequences if terrorists succeed in their efforts to use weapons of mass destruction,” and noted that “chemical weapons have already been used by terrorists in Syria and Iraq.”


Security Council Resolution 2325 highlights the global threat posed by nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the risk that non-State actors may acquire them, develop them or use them.

The document refers particularly to the danger of these agents is worth of advances in science, technology and international trade to get nuclear weapons or the means to produce them.
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