UN / WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

27-Sep-2021 00:02:33
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said, “in recent years we have seen a worrisome trend towards the modernization and expansion of nuclear arsenals. As the global arms control regime has crumbled, multilateral nuclear disarmament diplomacy has atrophied. As relations continue to decline amongst States that possess nuclear weapons, we cannot take for granted that the norm against nuclear testing will hold.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
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DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“In recent years we have seen a worrisome trend towards the modernization and expansion of nuclear arsenals. As the global arms control regime has crumbled, multilateral nuclear disarmament diplomacy has atrophied. As relations continue to decline amongst States that possess nuclear weapons, we cannot take for granted that the norm against nuclear testing will hold.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“The best way to uphold the norm against testing is to reaffirm and enhance support for the CTBT – to reinforce its existing strengths and to strive to bring about its entry into force.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“We must not lose sight of the fact that the CTBT does not operate in a vacuum, and that its full potential is realized when it works in tandem with other processes related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Floyd, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):
“The significance of the CTBT, and indeed its 25th anniversary, must be understood within the broader context of our collective goal of universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament. And while there may be differing views on the best path to achieve this goal, a verifiable and enforceable ban on nuclear testing must be a core component of the legal and technical architecture of a nuclear-weapons-free world.”
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Floyd, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):
“In addition to the core mission of nuclear test monitoring, the Treaty’s verification regime also provides useful data for other civil and scientific purposes, including tsunami warning and climate change studies. All States Signatories are entitled to equal access to the data and to benefit from technical training and capacity building programmes.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
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UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said, “in recent years we have seen a worrisome trend towards the modernization and expansion of nuclear arsenals. As the global arms control regime has crumbled, multilateral nuclear disarmament diplomacy has atrophied. As relations continue to decline amongst States that possess nuclear weapons, we cannot take for granted that the norm against nuclear testing will hold.”

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Izumi Nakamitsu addressed the Security Council today (27 Sep) in New York. She said that CTBT is recognized as an essential element of nuclear disarmament and a building block for a world free of nuclear weapons – the United Nations’ highest disarmament priority.

She said, “the best way to uphold the norm against testing is to reaffirm and enhance support for the CTBT – to reinforce its existing strengths and to strive to bring about its entry into force.” She noted that the world must empower the youth of the world, on whose shoulders rests the responsibility to carry on the important work of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

She said that the CTBTO has made great strides in this area, with its CTBTO Youth Group initiative now counting nearly 1,000 participants. The High Representative said that for her Office young people are an integral part of the activities in promoting disarmament and arms control, including through their own Youth4Disarmament initiative. Its members were recently involved in various initiatives to commemorate the International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

Nakamitsu also reiterated, “we must not lose sight of the fact that the CTBT does not operate in a vacuum, and that its full potential is realized when it works in tandem with other processes related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.” She noted that the forthcoming Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is one occasion to do so.

Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) also briefed the Council. He highlighted, “the significance of the CTBT, and indeed its 25th anniversary, must be understood within the broader context of our collective goal of universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament.”

Floyd continued, “while there may be differing views on the best path to achieve this goal, a verifiable and enforceable ban on nuclear testing must be a core component of the legal and technical architecture of a nuclear-weapons-free world.” The CTBTO’s Executive Secretary also said, “in addition to the core mission of nuclear test monitoring, the Treaty’s verification regime also provides useful data for other civil and scientific purposes, including tsunami warning and climate change studies.” Floyd continued, “all States Signatories are entitled to equal access to the data and to benefit from technical training and capacity building programmes.”
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