UN chief urges renewed efforts to get rid of nuclear threat
Senior United Nations officials called on Member States to take renewed steps to rid the world of nuclear weapons during the first High-level Meeting on nuclear disarmament ever held by the General Assembly on 26 September. [Nuclear disarmament] would strengthen international peace and security. It would free up vast and much-needed resources for social and economic development. It would advance the rule of law. It would spare the environment and help keep nuclear materials from terrorist or extremist groups. And it would remove a layer of fear that clouds all of human existence, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the meeting.

He appealed to nuclear-weapon States to intensify their efforts to cooperate with the international community and move towards disarmament and urged countries that have not yet done so to accede to the UN-backed Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as well as the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

More information: http://www.un.org/en/ga/68/meetings/nucleardisarmament/

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