Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2003 United Nations News
2003 Global Special Weapons News
- U-N/NUCLEAR FREE ZONE VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Syria is urging the U-N Security Council to declare the Middle East a nuclear free zone. A Syrian-sponsored draft resolution is aimed at highlighting Israel's alleged nuclear capability.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMME PLANNING AND BUDGET DIVISION United Nations 24 Dec 2003
- Annan hails establishment of panel on weapons of mass destruction UN News Centre 16 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the establishment of a new Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission headed by former UN expert Hans Blix.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR MANAGEMENT United Nations 20 Nov 2003
- IAEA/DIRTY BOMBS VOA 16 Nov 2003 -- As the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was concluding a conference on how to make radioactive waste globally secure, Czech police were arresting two men for trying to sell enough material to make a massive so-called "dirty bomb".
- Summit to discuss how to strengthen biological weapons convention - UN UN News Centre 10 Nov 2003 -- The first of three annual meetings to discuss the Biological Weapons Convention begins today at the United Nations office in Geneva as part of a plan to strengthen the treaty's effectiveness.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION United Nations 06 Nov 2003
- Abraham Urges U.N. to Confront Nonproliferation Challenges Washington File 06 Nov 2003 -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the United Nations November 5 that the maintenance and strengthening of the existing international nuclear nonproliferation regime requires finding ways to build on the successes of the past while overcoming the challenges of the present.
- UN: Nuclear Agency Head Warns Nonproliferation Efforts Under 'Stress' RFE/RL 04 Nov 2003 -- The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Muhammad el-Baradei, says the nuclear nonproliferation regime established in the 1960s is under increasing stress. He told the United Nations General Assembly that the international community should consider putting all production of weapon-usable plutonium and highly enriched uranium under multinational control. His report comes at a time of heightened concern about proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.
- UN nuclear agency chief calls for verification regime to be strengthened UN News Centre 03 Nov 2003 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called for its system of verifying nuclear non-proliferation to be urgently strengthened.
- Annan calls for universal adherence to chemical weapons treaty UN News Centre 20 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan today urged the three dozen countries outside the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to sign and ratify the treaty as part of the international effort to head off terrorism.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON REPORT OF OFFICE OF INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES United Nations 17 Oct 2003
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN United Nations 09 Oct 2003
- UN: Official Sees Waning Will For Disarmament Treaties RFE/RL 22 Sep 2003 -- World leaders addressing the UN General Assembly next week are expected to raise alarm about weapons of mass destruction and proliferation. But such concerns have so far not translated into reviving disarmament initiatives that have stalled since the late 1990s.
- UN: Annan Calls For Fundamental Changes RFE/RL 09 Sep 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking at a press conference yesterday summing up his annual report to the General Assembly, said the United Nations must make sweeping reforms if it is to regain its lost authority in the wake of the Iraq war. Annan said the divisions caused by the Iraq crisis had shown the need for "real change" in the way the Security Council operates.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY PANEL ON UN-CIVIL SOCIETY RELATIONS United Nations 08 Sep 2003
- Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Mohamed ElBaradei, (pron: mow-HAH-mehd ehl bah-RAH-day), director of the U-N's International Atomic Energy Agency, asks in a recent newspaper editorial if we are destined to live with the constant threat of nuclear holocaust. He is thinking of the pursuit of nuclear weapons by countries like North Korea and Iran. But he is also questioning recent moves by the United States.
- U-N/NUCLEAR BAN VOA 31 Aug 2003 -- Pressure is mounting on the United States and China to ratify a nuclear test ban treaty that would ban all nuclear explosions.
- Experts meet at UN headquarters in Geneva to strengthen biological arms ban UN News Centre 19 Aug 2003 -- Experts from 150 States Parties to the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning biological weapons and representatives of United Nations agencies have begun a two-week meeting in Geneva to reinforce legal and security measures buttressing its implementation.
- Terror threat increases risks of current nuclear waste storage methods - IAEA UN News Centre 18 Jul 2003 -- The threat of terrorism, including so-called dirty bombs, has greatly increased the dangers of storing radioactive waste on or near the surface, the method now commonly used, instead of burying it deep below the ground, according to a position paper released by the United Nations nuclear watchdog today.
- UN nuclear watchdog meets to enhance safe transport of radioactive materials UN News Centre 07 Jul 2003 -- The United Nuclear watchdog agency warned today that while the current system of regulating the transport of radioactive material has an "excellent" safety record, more remains to be done at a time of increasing concern about nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.
- Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors by IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei IAEA 16 Jun 2003 -- "Our agenda for this meeting covers a broad range of issues, including the Agency's Annual Report for 2002, the Technical Co-operation Report for 2002, the report of the Programme and Budget Committee, nuclear verification and the prevention of nuclear terrorism. I will briefly address these issues, as well as a few others."
- Depleted Uranium in Kuwait: IAEA Investigation Finds DU No Threat IAEA 13 Jun 2003 -- An IAEA investigation in Kuwait has found that depleted uranium (DU) from munitions used in the 1991 Gulf War does not pose a radiological hazard to the people of Kuwait.
- UN nuclear watchdog, Georgia sign non-proliferation agreement UN News Centre 06 Jun 2003 -- The Republic of Georgia has ratified a comprehensive agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), part of the United Nations nuclear watchdog's efforts to get countries to commit to the non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear technology.
- Annan appoints new chief of UN disarmament department UN News Centre 28 May 2003 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today the appointment of a Japanese diplomat with wide experience in United Nations operations as the new chief of the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs.
- I-A-E-A/WATER VOA 21 May 2003 -- A conference organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency is to discuss ways of using nuclear science in water management, including improved methods of marine-pollution detection and measuring the availability, and even the age, of this precious resource.
- W-H-O/DISEASES VOA 19 May 2003 -- The World Health Organization says Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is only the first of what experts expect will be many emerging infectious diseases this century. The W-H-O says it is particularly concerned about future pandemics of influenza.
- Over 100 States review international treaty on Nuclear Weapons control, UN says UN News Centre 09 May 2003 -- The United Nations today said more than 100 States participated in a meeting to review and strengthen the international Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which concluded today in Geneva.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON UNITED NATIONS FINANCIAL SITUATION BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR MANAGEMENT United Nations 08 May 2003
- PRESS BRIEFING ON ORGANIZATIONAL INTEGRITY INITIATIVE United Nations 01 May 2003
- Extend chemical weapons ban treaty to whole world - Annan UN News Centre 28 Apr 2003 -- Warning against complacency with progress so far achieved by the treaty banning chemical weapons, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged that it be extended beyond its current 151 members to all nations in the world and that enough funds be provided to accelerate complete chemical disarmament.
- Parties to anti-nuclear weapons treaty to meet under shadow of terrorist concern UN News Centre 25 Apr 2003 -- A preparatory committee to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime - begins a two-week meeting in Geneva on Monday under the shadow of concern over nuclear materials falling into the hands of criminals or terrorists.
- UN disarmament commission fails to reach consensus in 2003 session UN News Centre 21 Apr 2003 -- In what it called a "disappointing outcome," the United Nations Disarmament Commission has concluded its 2003 session without concrete proposals to advance either nuclear disarmament or confidence-building in the field of conventional arms.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON MISSILE DEFENCE COSTS United Nations 07 Feb 2010
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