2011 United Nations News
- UN agency tackles potential nuclear threat at European soccer championships UN News Centre 13 Dec 2011 -- When the 2012 European soccer championships kick off, the UN atomic energy will guarantee the safety of the tournament’s spectators and participants.
- Ban welcomes Indonesia's ratification of treaty banning nuclear tests UN News Centre 06 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's ratification by Indonesia of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and encouraged all States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify this instrument to advance its entry into force.
- Ban urges greater cooperation to ensure peaceful use of biological sciences UN News Centre 05 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged States Parties to the international convention on biological weapons to boost cooperation on the peaceful use of biological science and technology to ensure that the knowledge is used for the benefit of humanity and not exploited to undermine global security.
- Ban honours UN soldiers that fell in line of duty UN News Centre 30 Nov 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban became the first United Nations chief to visit the UN Memorial Cemetery in the Republic of Korea.
- Broad global support for Middle East nuclear-weapon-free zone, says UN official UN News Centre 21 Nov 2011 -- Broad international support exists for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, although there are long-standing differences of opinion about it among the region's countries, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.
- Vital that lessons are learned from Japanese nuclear accident, says UN official UN News Centre 01 Nov 2011 -- Nuclear security is an extremely important issue for all countries and it is vital that the right lessons are learned from the accident at the Japanese power plant earlier this year, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Member States.
- UN approves Iran’s global nuclear disarmament resolution IRNA 01 Nov 2011 -- Despite serious opposition, UN General Assembly resolutely approved of IR of Iran’s proposal on international nuclear disarmament.
- Time for action on UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests is now, Ban stresses UN News Centre 23 Sep 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban urged all remaining States to seize the moment and sign and ratify the global treaty banning nuclear tests.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks at High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2011
- Nuclear safety action plan endorsed at UN conference in Vienna UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The general conference of the UN atomic energy agency unanimously endorsed an action plan on nuclear safety.
- Fukushima accident a ‘wake-up call’ to boost nuclear safety, UN forum told UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year highlights the need to strengthen nuclear safety and security.
- IAEA Chief: Use of Nuclear Power Growing Despite Japanese Accident VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The head of the U.N.'s nuclear monitoring agency: Global use of nuclear power will continue to grow, despite accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant.
- Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly The White House 21 Sep 2011
- Nuclear safety and security high on the agenda at upcoming UN events UN News Centre 21 Sep 2011 -- World leaders will convene at United Nations Headquarters this week to discuss how to advance this goal as well as to promote the entry into force of the treaty that bans all nuclear testing.
- Ukrainian leader calls for security assurances for non-nuclear States UN News Centre 21 Sep 2011 -- President of Ukraine: World should move towards gradual and irreversible nuclear disarmament.
- Kazakhstan's Nazarbaev Calls For Nuclear Weapon Curbs RFE/RL 21 Sep 2011 -- President Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan has called for stronger efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce stockpiles.
- Fact Sheet: Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations The White House 20 Sep 2011
- Moratorium no substitute for treaty banning nuclear tests UN News Centre 02 Sep 2011 -- International moratorium on testing nuclear weapons should not delay the full implementation of the treaty calling for a ban on such tests.
- Press Conference by Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, 1 September 2011 United Nations 01 Sep 2011
- Russia calls for end to ambiguity in UN peacekeeping resolutions RIA Novosti 01 Sep 2011 -- Moscow will insist that future UN resolutions on peacekeeping and peacekeeping operations in any country will have no ambiguity regarding the use of force.
- Ban Urges Action On Nuclear Treaty RFE/RL 30 Aug 2011 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests.
- Top UN officials call on hold-out States to ratify treaty banning nuclear tests UN News Centre 29 Aug 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban called on all Member States that have not yet done so to urgently ratify the United Nations-backed treaty banning them.
- UN secretary general urges global ban on nuclear tests RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2011 -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called Monday on all UN members to ratify a resolution banning the testing of nuclear weapons.
- Amid deadlock in UN disarmament forum, Ban suggests way forward UN News Centre 27 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban: World’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum remains deadlocked and suggested ways to break the stalemate.
- Ban congratulates Brazilian-Argentine agency for work on nuclear non-proliferation UN News Centre 18 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban congratulated the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials.
- Ban welcomes five-party nuclear disarmament meeting UN News Centre 30 Jun 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a meeting in Paris today of five nuclear non-proliferation treaty States as a unique opportunity to advance nuclear disarmament.
- Statement by the Press Secretary on New Rules on Sensitive Nuclear Trade Approved by the Nuclear Suppliers Group The White House 23 Jun 2011
- Qatari diplomat elected as President of next session of General Assembly UN News Centre 22 Jun 2011 -- An experienced Qatari diplomat was chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to be the next President of the General Assembly.
- Reelected As UN Chief, Ban Promises Results That 'People Can See And Touch' RFE/RL 22 Jun 2011 -- The UN General Assembly has elected Ban Ki-moon for a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations.
- Ban Ki-moon pledges to be 'bridge-builder' in new term RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2011 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged to work as a "harmonizer and bridge-builder" among all stakeholders.
- General Assembly appoints Ban Ki-moon to second term as UN Secretary-General UN News Centre 21 Jun 2011 -- The United Nations General Assembly agreed to appoint Ban Ki-moon to a second consecutive term as the Secretary-General of the 192-member Organization.
- UN confirms Ban Ki-moon for second five-year term RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2011 -- The UN General Assembly on Tuesday confirmed Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as Secretary General.
- UN Secretary-General Expected to Win 2nd Term VOA 21 Jun 2011 -- The United Nations General Assembly is expected to reconfirm Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as the world's top diplomat.
- UN nuclear watchdog chief outlines safety steps UN News Centre 20 Jun 2011 -- The head of the UN atomic energy agency outlined measures he said could be quickly implemented to improve nuclear safety globally.
- IAEA head suggests checks on every 10th nuclear plant RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2011 -- International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano suggested conducting safety checks on every tenth nuclear power plant in the world in the next three years.
- IAEA Urges Nuclear Plant Risk Checks RFE/RL 20 Jun 2011 -- The head of the UN's nuclear agency called on countries with nuclear power plants to carry out a "thorough and transparent risk assessment" of all their reactors within 18 months.
- Security Council recommends re-appointment of UN Secretary-General UN News Centre 17 Jun 2011 -- The Security Council announced today that it is recommending to the General Assembly that Ban Ki-moon be appointed to a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- Security Council Endorses Ban for Second Term as UN Chief VOA 17 Jun 2011 -- The U.N. Security Council has endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as U.N. chief. The South Korean diplomat faces no other candidates and is likely to sail to reappointment in the U.N. General Assembly next week.
- Urging stronger non-proliferation rules, Ban calls for nuclear weapons-free world UN News Centre 31 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for a world free of nuclear weapons and called for the strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as the cornerstone for global disarmament, and the bringing into force of the agreement banning nuclear arms tests.
- Marking Day, Ban urges complete elimination of chemical weapons UN News Centre 29 Apr 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban urged the world to build on progress so far made towards the complete elimination of chemical weapons.
- Atoms for Peace in the 21st Century IAEA 28 Apr 2011
- Ban welcomes extension of UN body dealing with weapons of mass destruction UN News Centre 26 Apr 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban welcomed the 10-year extension of a committee tasked with monitoring a UN resolution seeking to prevent WMD proliferation.
- First Chornobyl, Then Fukushima. Will Nuclear Energy Survive? RFE/RL 24 Apr 2011 -- When reactor No. 4 at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant exploded 25 years ago, it seemed nuclear power might die with it.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN committee on weapons of mass destruction UN News Centre 20 Apr 2011 -- The Security Council today extended for 10 years the mandate of a committee tasked with monitoring a United Nations resolution on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and requested it to carry out a comprehensive review of the implementation of the text.
- On eve of Chernobyl visit, Ban outlines path to strengthening nuclear safety UN News Centre 19 Apr 2011 -- The recent power plant accident in Japan, like the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago, calls for 'deep reflection' on the future of nuclear energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he outlined a five-step plan to enhance nuclear safety.
- Obama's UN Envoy Defends U.S. Funding Level RFE/RL 08 Apr 2011 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been forced to defend the level of financial contribution Washington gives the world body after a senior member of Congress proposed withholding U.S. dues until reforms are undertaken.
- US Envoy Criticizes Proposed Cuts of US Funds to UN VOA 07 Apr 2011 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, warned Thursday that the United States will lose influence abroad, if Congress approves a proposal to withhold funding for the global body. She also said Washington is pushing to nullify a recent U.N. human rights report that was critical of Israel's actions in Gaza.
- Address threats to UN peace keeping missions: Indian Army Chief IRNA 06 Apr 2011 -- Observing that UN peacekeeping operations were becoming 'more complex' due to threats posed by non-state actors in conflict zones, Indian Army Chief Gen V K Singh Wednesday said, adding that this problem should be addressed 'much more seriously'.
- Japanese crisis highlights need for enhanced nuclear safety, transparency - UN official UN News Centre 04 Apr 2011 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency today called for robust safety standards and full transparency, both of which are vital for restoring public confidence in nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese power plant crisis.
- Statement by the Press Secretary on U.S. contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament The White House 31 Mar 2011
- UN chief urges disarmament forum to start work on fissile material ban treaty UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD), the world’s sole multilateral forum on the issue, must move ahead vigorously on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear devices or risk slipping into irrelevance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.
- Credibility of key UN disarmament forum at risk if deadlock persists, Ban warns UN News Centre 26 Jan 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum to overcome its decade-long deadlock and begin substantive work, warning that the very credibility of the United Nations body is at stake.
- Republican Members Of Congress Want UN Funding Slashed RFE/RL 26 Jan 2011 -- Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have criticized the United Nations as "bloated" and "ineffective" and vowed to press for reforms and a reduction in U.S. funding.
- N-power access should not be limited to developed world: Amano IRNA 17 Jan 2011 -- Director General of IAEA Yukiya Amano made a pitch for nuclear power access to developing nations.
- Commentary: New International Nuclear-Fuel Bank Likely To Find Few Customers RFE/RL 13 Jan 2011 -- When Russia’s quasi-commercial, quasi-strategic nuclear monopoly Rosatom announced the opening of a nuclear fuel bank in remote Siberia last December, it was a milestone in the nuclear age. The goal of the fuel bank is to offer a nuclear fuel supply of last resort to a country denied access to nuclear fuel.
- Amano unapologetic for serving US interests in IAEA IRNA 09 Jan 2011 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano was unapologetic for serving US interests in the UN nuclear watchdog amid Iranian accusations he was biased, the news magazine Der Spiegel said on Sunday.
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