2009 United Nations News
- Ban presents next steps to move ahead on plan to rid world of nuclear weapons UN News Centre 08 Dec 2009 -- Highlighting recent progress in efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged nations to build on the momentum, laying out a number of steps to move the process forward.
- New IAEA director general takes up post, relieves ElBaradei RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2009 -- Japanese businessman Yukiya Amano has officially taken up the post as the IAEA head.
- New chief of UN nuclear watchdog takes up post UN News Centre 01 Dec 2009 -- The new chief of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency began his 4-year term .
- Elbaradei Reports On Global Nuclear Activity VOA 04 Nov 2009 -- International Atomic Energy Agency chief ElBaradei has given what amounts to his final report on global nuclear activity.
- World must seize on new momentum for nuclear disarmament – UN official UN News Centre 30 Sep 2009 -- International community must seize the momentum on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
- UN reviews efforts to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorists’ hands UN News Centre 29 Sep 2009 -- Comprehensive review of UN efforts to prevent nuclear, biological, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists opens.
- Fact Sheet on the United Nations Security Council Summit on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Disarmament UNSC Resolution 1887 The White House 24 Sep 2009
- Statement by George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn Regarding the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Disarmament The White House 24 Sep 2009
- UN Adopts Resolution on Nuclear Weapons VOA 24 Sep 2009 -- UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution to increase efforts to eventually rid the world of nuclear weapons.
- Resolution 1887, Historic Summit of Security Council Pledges Support for Progress on Stalled Efforts to End Nuclear Weapons Proliferation UN Security Council 24 Sep 2009
- Security Council urges world free of nuclear weapons during historic summit UN News Centre 24 Sep 2009 -- Security Council affirmed its commitment to the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
- Opportunity to rid world of nuclear weapons must be seized, Ban stresses UN News Centre 24 Sep 2009 -- World must take advantage of the momentum generated by efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
- Maintain momentum towards nuclear disarmament, Ban tells Security Council UN News Centre 24 Sep 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban urged the Security Council to build on growing international momentum.
- Turkmenistan offers to host Central Asian disarmament conference RIA Novosti 24 Sep 2009 -- Turkmenistan has offered to host an international conference on disarmament.
- Central Asian nations highlight need for disarmament during UN debate UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Turkmenistan and Tajikistan have highlighted the importance of disarmament.
- Obama Set To Bring Nonproliferation Case To UN RFE/RL 23 Sep 2009 -- Barack Obama plans to use opportunity to bring resolution advancing his goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
- Upcoming meetings can rally support for UN-backed nuclear treaty, says official UN News Centre 18 Sep 2009 -- Set of meetings to be held next week at UN Headquarters could have a significant impact on efforts to bring the treaty banning nuclear testing worldwide into force.
- Ban exhorts world to seize momentum to reach disarmament goals UN News Centre 16 Sep 2009 -- Ban: "Encouraging" developments in the disarmament arena have provided a crucial window of opportunity.
- Japanese diplomat Amano unanimously confirmed as new IAEA chief RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2009 -- Yukiya Amano was approved as the next head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Japan's Amano Named New IAEA Chief VOA 14 Sep 2009 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency formally appointed Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano as its new director general.
- Nuclear proliferation dangers highlight need for safeguards – Ban UN News Centre 14 Sep 2009 -- Concerns stemming from proliferation of nuclear weapons underscore the importance of IAEA safeguards.
- Dangerous radioactive sources removed from Lebanon by UN agency UN News Centre 10 Sep 2009 -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog has safely removed powerful radioactive sources out of Lebanon, including Cobalt-60, a single source of which is enough to kill a person within minutes if directly exposed.
- Ratification of UN-backed nuclear treaty nears milestone of 150 countries UN News Centre 19 Aug 2009 -- Total number of countries that have ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty closer to 150 after Liberia ratified agreement.
- Interest in nuclear power continues to grow, UN reports UN News Centre 13 Aug 2009 -- Global interest in introducing nuclear power is on the rise, with ground being broken for the largest number of reactors in decades last year, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported.
- Hiroshima anniversary time to renew commitment to disarm UN News Centre 06 Aug 2009 -- Anniversary of the dropping of atomic bomb serves as a time to renew global commitment to rid the world of deadly scourge.
- UN nuclear watchdog’s board agrees to €25 million budget hike for 2010 UN News Centre 04 Aug 2009 -- UN nuclear watchdog's board has approved an almost €25 million increase in the agency’s 2010 budget.
- UN atomic energy agency’s board gathers to discuss upcoming budget UN News Centre 03 Aug 2009 -- United Nations nuclear watchdog's board meeting in Vienna to discuss its upcoming budget.
- Global disarmament cannot be postponed any longer, Ban says UN News Centre 31 Jul 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater progress towards achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, warning that humanity still faces serious threats from this global scourge nearly 20 years after the end of the Cold War.
- Russia seeks greater role for UN nuclear watchdog RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2009 -- Russia will work to boost the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Tokyo welcomes election of Japanese diplomat as IAEA chief RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2009 -- Japan lays hopes on the election of Yukiya Amano as the first Japanese national to head the IAEA.
- Board Formally Appoints Yukiya Amano as IAEA Director General IAEA 03 Jul 2009 -- Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan today addressed the Board of Governors following his successful bid to become the IAEA´s next Director General later this year
- Board Selects Japan´s Yukiya Amano as IAEA Director General IAEA 02 Jul 2009 -- The 35-member IAEA Board of Governors today selected Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan as IAEA Director General
- Japan Envoy To Be Next UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief RFE/RL 02 Jul 2009 -- It took four months and several rounds of voting, but board of the UN's nuclear watchdog finally elected a new director-general.
- Japanese official chosen to head UN atomic watchdog UN News Centre 02 Jul 2009 -- Japanese diplomat with a lengthy record of working on disarmament and non-proliferation issues will be the next IAEA chief.
- IAEA Elects New Chief VOA 02 Jul 2009 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has elected a Japanese diplomat to replace outgoing Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei.
- Secretary-General sees political will for nuclear disarmament UN News Centre 10 Jun 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban perceives increased political will for disarmament, calling on international community to seize the momentum.
- Ban welcomes disarmament conference''s adoption of work programme UN News Centre 29 May 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today''s adoption by the Conference on Disarmament – the world''s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations – of a Programme of Work for its 2009 session.
- ‘New multilateralism’ necessary to achieve disarmament – Ban UN News Centre 19 May 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban appealed for a new multilateral approach to ensure sustainable progress in disarmament.
- Security Council, African Union agree to bolster cooperation UN News Centre 16 May 2009 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today held talks with their African Union (AU) counterpart today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today, agreeing to enhance cooperation, especially in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacekeeping and peace building.
- Agenda set for UN-backed 2010 review of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty UN News Centre 15 May 2009 -- The committee preparing for next year’s United Nations-backed conference of States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty today agreed on a president and an agenda for the May 2010 meeting in New York.
- Iran outlines new challenges facing NPT implementation IRNA 13 May 2009 -- Iranian delegation: The non-proliferation regime was facing new challenges as the pilar of the NPT.
- Iran urges verification of nuclear countries’ commitment to IAEA IRNA 13 May 2009 -- Iran proposed verification of commitment by western countries with advanced nuclear technology to the IAEA.
- World cannot afford to put disarmament on backburner, Ban tells States UN News Centre 04 May 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban urged parties to a UN-backed global non-proliferation treaty to push for progress.
- NPT review preparatory meeting to be held with Iran participation IRNA 03 May 2009 -- The preliminary meeting of a review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will be held in New York on Monday with participation of Iranian delegation.
- Top UN Nuclear Official Optimistic About North Korea, Iran VOA 20 Apr 2009 -- Head of UN's nuclear watchdog believes nuclear disagreements with North Korea and Iran can be resolved through dialogue.
- UN to consider Russian uranium bank proposal in June RIA Novosti 20 Apr 2009 -- Russia's proposal to establish an international nuclear fuel center under the supervision of the IAEA will be discussed in June.
- IAEA Prepares for More Nuclear Power Plants, Worldwide VOA 20 Apr 2009 -- The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency says it is gearing up for a global resurgence of interest in nuclear energy.
- IAEA says its inspectors are no longer in North Korea RIA Novosti 16 Apr 2009 -- The UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that its inspectors left North Korea on Thursday morning.
- US, Russian arms talks could break through disarmament impasse UN News Centre 16 Apr 2009 -- New nuclear arms negotiations between the US and Russia could break the current impasse in arms control.
- North Korea Expels UN Nuclear Inspectors, Removes Seals VOA 14 Apr 2009 -- North Korea has ordered international monitors at its main nuclear facility to leave the country.
- US blocks UN disarmament commission agenda IRNA 14 Apr 2009 -- US blocked a UN Disarmament commission meeting agenda to oppose Non-Aligned Movement proposal to discuss nuclear disarmament.
- Kazakhstan proposes hosting nuclear fuel bank RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2009 -- President: Kazakhstan has offered the UN nuclear watchdog its territory to set up a nuclear fuel bank.
- Secretary-General welcomes Russian, US nuclear commitments UN News Centre 03 Apr 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban welcomed Russia and US commitments to accomplish nuclear disarmament.
- IAEA chief welcomes US, Russian commitments UN News Centre 02 Apr 2009 -- The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency greatly encouraged by the commitment made by US and Russia.
- IAEA chief welcomes nuclear reduction by U.S., Russia RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2009 -- Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency welcomed the newly announced commitment to reduce nuclear arsenals.
- Central Asia Proclaims 'Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone' RFE/RL 01 Apr 2009 -- The UN ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan said that their countries have ratified the treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia.
- Delegates at UN forum seek to strengthen nuclear security UN News Centre 30 Mar 2009 -- Delegates began a 3-day meeting to assess 7 years of efforts to improve protection and control of radioactive material.
- IAEA Board Seeks New Candidates VOA 27 Mar 2009 -- After two inconclusive votes, the International Atomic Energy Agency has been unable to agree on a replacement for outgoing chief ElBaradei.
- IAEA fails to elect new director general RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2009 -- The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency failed to elect a new director general for the second day.
- UN nuclear watchdog to elect new chief RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2009 -- The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet to elect a new director general at a session in Vienna.
- UN Rights Expert Accuses Israel of War Crimes VOA 23 Mar 2009 -- A special U.N. investigator says Israel's military assault on the densely populated Gaza Strip appears to constitute a war crime.
- Ban welcomes Central Asia's decision to renounce nuclear weapons UN News Centre 20 Mar 2009 -- Central Asia is set to become the Northern Hemisphere's first-ever nuclear-weapons-free zone tomorrow, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the entry into force of the pact underpinning the establishment of the zone.
- Satellite launch by DPR Korea will threaten regional stability, Ban warns UN News Centre 12 Mar 2009 -- Sec-General Ban voiced concern about DPRK plans to launch a satellite, warning it could jeopardize stability.
- Security Council hears briefing from committee monitoring sanctions on Iran UN News Centre 10 Mar 2009 -- Committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme updated SC on latest work.
- UN Urges North Korea to Retract Plane Threat VOA 10 Mar 2009 -- UN aviation safety agency has called on North Korea to retract its threat against passenger planes flying near its airspace.
- Proposed nuclear fuel bank reaches go-ahead funding level, UN agency says UN News Centre 06 Mar 2009 -- A proposed nuclear fuel bank, part of a framework to put uranium enrichment under multinational control to reduce proliferation risks, has attracted enough promised funding to allow a go-ahead for its creation, the United Nations announced today.
- Ban launches urgent appeal to Sudan to reverse expulsion of aid groups UN News Centre 05 Mar 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban appealed to Government of Sudan to reconsider its decision to expel 13 aid groups.
- ICC issues arrest warrant for Sudanese President for war crimes in Darfur UN News Centre 04 Mar 2009 -- ICC issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Al-Bashir.
- UN counter-terrorism task force shifts into new operational phase UN News Centre 04 Mar 2009 -- UN task force charged with coordinating counter-terrorism efforts has entered operational phase.
- DPRK Delegate on UN Peace-keeping Operations KCNA 03 Mar 2009 -- A DPRK delegate made a speech at the session of the UN Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations on Feb. 24.
- World Powers Want Direct Nuclear Talks with Iran VOA 03 Mar 2009 -- Five permanent members of UN Security Council committed to direct talks with Iran to resolve a long-running nuclear standoff.
- Head of UN atomic agency: Constant vigilance on nuclear risks critical UN News Centre 02 Mar 2009 -- Nuclear safety worldwide steadily improving but risk of accidents or malicious acts can never be eliminated.
- Century of war on drugs has brought problem ‘under control’ but fight goes on – UN UN News Centre 26 Feb 2009 -- World is winning its long battle against the illicit trade in narcotics but further efforts are needed.
- IAEA's repetitious reports should be stopped : Iranian envoy IRNA 25 Feb 2009 -- Iran's Ambassador to IAEA Soltaniyeh: Repetitious reports on Iran which have nothing new should be stopped.
- Peacekeeping, under severe strain, to undergo review UN News Centre 23 Feb 2009 -- UN peacekeeping operations, faced with unprecedented demands and constraints, will undergo review in the coming year.
- New IAEA Report Shows Iran Nearing Nuclear Breakout Capability RFE/RL 20 Feb 2009 -- For Iran's Soltanieh, the UN watchdog's latest report shows that Tehran's nuclear program is developing peacefully.
- Diplomats: Iran Underestimated Nuclear Fuel Production VOA 20 Feb 2009 -- Diplomats close to the UN nuclear agency said Iran has been underestimating amount of uranium enriched by nearly one-third.
- Russia backs current status of UN Security Council RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2009 -- Russia supports the current format of having five veto-holding permanent members on the UN Security Council.
- UN Member States Begin Talks on Security Council Reform VOA 20 Feb 2009 -- United Nations member states met informally on Thursday to begin talks on key issues of reforming the body's powerful Security Council.
- Soltanieh: ElBaradei’s report bears nothing new IRNA 20 Feb 2009 -- Iran's IAEA envoy Soltanieh said here Thursday that the IAEA Chief Mohammed ElBaradei’s new Iran report is not something new.
- Nuclear Inspectors Cite Problems in Syria, Iran VOA 19 Feb 2009 -- UN nuclear agency found more traces of uranium at a Syrian site that Israel bombed because of suspicions it was a covert nuclear plant.
- Russia says nuclear talks must involve all UN permanent members RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2009 -- Russia: All permanent UN Security Council members take part in disarmament talks between Moscow and Washington.
- Progress in disarmament will free up resources for development, says Ban UN News Centre 18 Feb 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban encouraged nations to break the deadlock that has hindered global disarmament talks in recent years.
- Seoul Warns North Korea Missile Launch Would Breach UN Resolution VOA 18 Feb 2009 -- South Korea is warning long-range missile test would spark additional UN sanctions.
- In Policy Shift, US Joins Preparatory UN Racism Talks VOA 18 Feb 2009 -- The Obama administration, in a break with its predecessor, has sent a delegation to a preparatory meeting for the second World Conference Against Racism scheduled for April in Geneva.
- IAEA Chief: Iran Not Cooperating VOA 17 Feb 2009 -- The head of the United Nations' nuclear agency said Iran is not helping resolve questions about any possible military aspect of its nuclear program.
- IAEA Chief: Israel Impedes Nuclear Disarmament VOA 17 Feb 2009 -- Head of UN nuclear agency: Israel's refusal to sign nuclear weapons non-proliferation treaty undermines treaty's legitimacy in Arab public opinion.
- UN General Assembly on verge of negotiating Security Council reform UN News Centre 13 Feb 2009 -- On-going work on reshaping the size and membership of the Security Council and making the vital organ of the world body more democratic is finally heading for serious negotiations, the Ambassador to the United Nations for Afghanistan, Zahir Tanin, told the press today.
- Campaigning Under Way Ahead Of IAEA Vote On El-Baradei's Successor RFE/RL 13 Feb 2009 -- Ambassadors to the IAEA declared as candidates to succeed Director-General el-Baradei.
- UN Agency Halts Aid Shipments to Gaza VOA 06 Feb 2009 -- The United Nations says it has suspended aid shipments to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian militant group Hamas intercepted supplies for the second time this week.
- Gaza: UN suspends aid operation after second Hamas-linked theft of supplies UN News Centre 06 Feb 2009 -- UN relief agency responsible for feeding 900,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza today suspended all imports of desperately needed aid.
- UN to Investigate Assassination of Former Pakistani PM VOA 04 Feb 2009 -- UN announced establishment of a commission to investigate the 2007 assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
- UN agency demands immediate return of seized Gaza aid UN News Centre 04 Feb 2009 -- The UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees demanded the return of relief items confiscated by police.
- UN: Hamas Seized Aid Meant for Gaza Civilians VOA 04 Feb 2009 -- UN: Palestinian militant group Hamas has seized blankets and food meant for hundreds of civilian families in the Gaza Strip.
- Ban congratulates Iraqis on violence-free provincial elections UN News Centre 02 Feb 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban congratulated the people of Iraq for "strongly exercising" their right to vote in provincial elections.
- UN appeals for $613 million to help Gaza recover after Israeli offensive UN News Centre 29 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations today launched an appeal for $613 million to help people affected by military offensive in Gaza.
- Time now to ensure success, viability of UN missions UN News Centre 23 Jan 2009 -- UN peacekeeping chief: now is the time to make sure ongoing missions are successful and fully supported.
- UN Calls for Accountability of Death and Destruction in Gaza VOA 23 Jan 2009 -- The UNRWA: Process of accountability must take place to achieve justice for all as a consequence of the Israeli military incursion into Gaza.
- US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre hailed by UN rights chief UN News Centre 22 Jan 2009 -- UNHCHR welcomed decision to close detention facility in Guantanamo Bay.
- UN Calling for Unfettered Access to Gaza Strip VOA 20 Jan 2009 -- United Nations aid agencies say the level of destruction in the Gaza Strip is overwhelming.
- Ban calls for stepped up efforts to achieve nuclear-weapon-free world UN News Centre 20 Jan 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban called on nations to build on the momentum made towards disarmament to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
- Nuclear power ‘renaissance’ spurs greater investment in uranium exploration – UN UN News Centre 16 Jan 2009 --UN International Atomic Energy Agency: An increasing number of countries are investing more in uranium exploration resulting surge in nuclear fuel prices.
- UN Secretary-General Calls for Unilateral Cease-Fire in Gaza VOA 16 Jan 2009 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Israel to carry out a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
- UN Chief Says No Time to Lose for Gaza Cease-Fire VOA 15 Jan 2009 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no time to lose for a cease-fire in Gaza - or more people will die.
- Ban voices ‘outrage’ as UN hit again UN News Centre 15 Jan 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he believed the elements for an end to the violence in Gaza are in place.
- Iraq Signs UN Treaty Banning Chemical Weapons VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Iraq, which used poison gas during the 1980s, has signed an international treaty that bans the use of chemical weapons.
- Ban welcomes Iraq's accession to treaty outlawing chemical weapons UN News Centre 13 Jan 2009 -- UN Secretary-General Ban welcomed Iraq's accession to international treaty banning chemical weapons.
- UN Agency Suspends Gaza Relief Operations VOA 13 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says it is suspending food delivery operations in the Gaza Strip after Israeli strikes killed two of its Palestinian staffers and injured another.
- Please secure ceasefire, UN Gaza official tells Ban on eve of Mideast mission UN News Centre 13 Jan 2009 -- A senior United Nations official in Gaza warned today that 'tragically the horror continues.'
- Israel should allow media into Gaza to report on war, UN agency says IRNA 13 Jan 2009 -- The UNIC called on Israel to allow local and international media professionals to report on events in the area.
- UN human rights body to send fact-finding mission to Gaza IRNA 13 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution strongly condemning the ongoing Israeli military operation in Gaza.
- UNSC urges immediate ceasefire in Gaza IRNA 09 Jan 2009 -- The UN Security Council adopted resolution 1860 (2009) by 14 votes in favor with the US abstention in connection with Gaza events.
- UN approves resolution on Gaza ceasefire RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution urging an immediate and durable Gaza ceasefire.
- Major UN agency suspends Gaza relief operations after Israeli strike kills two drivers UN News Centre 08 Jan 2009 -- A United Nations agency that is a lifeline for 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza suspended food delivery operations.
- UN Halts Aid Deliveries to Gaza VOA 08 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations Relief and Workers Agency says it has halted aid deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip until the safety of aid workers can be guaranteed.
- UNRWA halts operations in Gaza IRNA 08 Jan 2009 -- The UN has said on Thursday it is suspending aid operations in Gaza because its staff have been hit by Israeli attacks.
- Secretary-General names two new senior UN envoys UN News Centre 07 Jan 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Christopher Ross of the United States as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara and Michael von der Schulenburg as his Executive Representative for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone.
- UN Chief to Hold Gaza Talks as Israeli Offensive Continues VOA 05 Jan 2009 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to meet with Security Council members as well as Arab leaders to reach consensus on Gaza.
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