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2006 United Nations News
2006 Global Special Weapons News

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  • UN nuclear watchdog agency chief urges controls over whole fuel cycle UN News Centre 30 Oct 2006 -- Steeply rising global energy demand - with more countries turning to nuclear power for supply - has heightened proliferation concerns which can only be satisfied by new multilateral controls on the nuclear fuel cycle, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.
  • Final seat on Security Council remains undecided after latest day of voting UN News Centre 25 Oct 2006 -- The United Nations General Assembly today remained deadlocked after a fourth day of voting in the contest to fill a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the Latin American and Caribbean region, with Guatemala maintaining its lead over Venezuela but falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority.
  • IAEA Director Presses for Dialogue With North Korea, Iran VOA 24 Oct 2006 -- The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency says dialogue with North Korea and Iran is the only way to resolve disputes about their nuclear ambitions.
  • U.S. Welcomes Ban Ki-moon as Next U.N. Leader Washington File 14 Oct 2006 -- President Bush welcomes the appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the next secretary-general of the United Nations, according to a White House press statement.
  • UN nuclear chief meets with US Secretary Rice; calls for talks with DPR Korea, Iran UN News Centre 23 Oct 2006 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog met today with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington to discuss the nuclear programmes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, shortly after calling for talks with both countries.
  • DPR Korea, Middle East nations urged to join UN-affiliated body on chemical weapons UN News Centre 20 Oct 2006 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and key countries in the Middle East - Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria - form a "hard core" of nations that are resisting any moves towards joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the head of the United Nations-affiliated body said today.
  • World: Rogue Nuclear Programs Threaten New Arms Race RFE/RL 19 Oct 2006 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Muhammad el-Baradei, warned this week that although much attention is now focused on Iran and North Korea, up to 30 countries around the world could relatively quickly develop nuclear weapons.
  • UN nuclear watchdog says it needs greater resources to tackle new challenges, terrorism UN News Centre 19 Oct 2006 -- With a major increase in nuclear power generation around the world and a "temptation" for countries to develop nuclear weapons, the United Nations atomic watchdog has said it needs greater technological, regulatory and financial resources to tackle the new challenges, including preventing such weapons falling into terrorist hands.
  • IAEA chief criticizes nuclear arms states, raises challenges to NPT IRNA 16 Oct 2006 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday criticized the nuclear arms states for ignoring disarmament and said that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has faced with challenges from more countries.
  • South Korean To Be Next UN Secretary-General RFE/RL 14 Oct 2006 -- The United Nations General Assembly has formally appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to be the next UN secretary-general.
  • Security Council proposes Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Ban as Secretary-General UN News Centre 09 Oct 2006 -- The Security Council today formally chose Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term when incumbent Kofi Annan steps down on 31 December.
  • South Korean Nominated As UN Secretary-General VOA 09 Oct 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council has nominated South Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon to be the world body's next secretary-general.
  • Cuba Denies Fidel Castro Is Dying VOA 09 Oct 2006 -- Cuba's interim leader, Raul Castro, has denied a U.S. media report that his brother, President Fidel Castro, is dying of cancer and will not return to power.
  • UN: Career Diplomat Set To Be Next Secretary-General RFE/RL 08 Oct 2006 -- Barring unforeseen circumstances, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon will succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General when Annan steps down at the end of December.
  • UN: South Korean Likely To Be Next Secretary-General RFE/RL 03 Oct 2006 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon is almost certain to become the next United Nations secretary-general after the last informal vote in the UN Security Council on October 2 showed his candidacy firmly supported by 14 of the council's 15 members, including all five permanent veto-yielding members.
  • S. Korean Diplomat All But Certain to Assume UN Top Job VOA 03 Oct 2006 -- South Korea's foreign minister is quite likely to be answering to a new title soon - United Nations secretary-general. Seoul's chief diplomat has cleared what is widely viewed as the last major hurdle to winning the post.
  • U.S. Hails Preliminary Vote for New U.N. Secretary-General Washington File 03 Oct 2006 -- The United States is "very pleased with the outcome" of a U.N. Security Council vote that puts South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-moon in position to be formally elected as the eighth secretary-general, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said October 2.



  • Sensitive Nuclear Material Removed From Poland IAEA 10 Aug 2006 -- In a mission completed 9 August 2006, the IAEA helped Polish authorities to remove close to 40kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from a nuclear research reactor facility at Otwock-Swierk near the capital of Warsaw.
  • Russia repatriates spent nuclear fuel from Poland reactor RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Russia has taken back dozens of kilograms of highly enriched spent uranium from a reactor built with Soviet assistance in Poland, the Russian Federal Agency for Nuclear Power said Thursday.


  • U.N. Reform Remains High Priority for United States Washington File 28 Jul 2006 -- Management reform at the United Nations remains a priority for the United States, but achieving changes is "an uphill battle," U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee July 27.
  • India criticises P-5 for hindering UN reforms IRNA 23 Jul 2006 -- Making a strong case for expansion of the 15-member Security Council, India has sharply criticized permanent members of the UN's top organ for hindering substantive reforms which would help bring the world body in line with current realities.
  • General Assembly debates Security Council reform UN News Centre 21 Jul 2006 -- After two days of discussion at the General Assembly on proposals to reform the Security Council, broad consensus began to emerge that despite recent significant reform of the world body as a whole, without changes to the composition and operation of the Council, there could be no genuine United Nations reform.





  • U.S. a Major Supporter of Atomic Energy Agency, Official Says Washington File 29 Mar 2006 -- The United States is a major contributor to the international community's principal guardian against nuclear weapons proliferation, an Energy Department official says.
  • UN nuclear chief lays out plan to counter proliferation, terrorist threat UN News Centre 27 Mar 2006 -- Faced with the threat of nuclear proliferation and the prospect of such weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency has laid out a five-point plan of action ranging from tighter controls and protection of materials to strengthening the Security Council.
  • Slovakia first to ratify UN-administered pact on nuclear terrorism UN News Centre 23 Mar 2006 -- Slovakia today became the first country to ratify and become party to a treaty for cooperation in staving off the horrifying possibility of terrorism involving the use of nuclear devices, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2005.
  • Despite progress, nuclear reactor safety still falls short - UN atomic watchdog UN News Centre 06 Mar 2006 -- Despite the efforts of the past two decades to upgrade civilian nuclear reactor safety, facilities still exist where safety assistance needs to be made a priority even as expectations for atomic power as an energy source are rising measurably, the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency warned today.
  • World's regulators meet on nuclear safety and security at UN conference UN News Centre 03 Mar 2006 -- Faced with the threat of nuclear terrorism and the risk of accidents at atomic power stations, senior regulators from some 60 countries wrapped up a week-long United Nations-sponsored meeting in Moscow today aimed at reinforcing nuclear safety and security around the world.
  • United States Supports Larger U.N. Security Council Washington File 03 Mar 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States understands India's desire to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and supports a larger, more representative council.



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