2012 United Nations News
- FEATURE: The UN General Assembly's First Committee - disarmament and international security issues UN News Centre 27 Dec 2012 -- Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
- UN chief urges countries to join treaty to ban use of chemical weapons UN News Centre 27 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the eight States that have not yet done so to join the Chemical Weapons Convention which aims to eliminate the use, development, production and transfer of these deadly weapons.
- Ban reiterates support to establish nuclear weapon-free zone in Middle East UN News Centre 24 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed his support to convene a United Nations-sponsored Conference attended by all the States in the Middle East with the aim of establishing a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
- Ban offers UN help to extend reach of code of conduct to prevent spread of ballistic missiles UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the help of the United Nations to build on the achievements of a widely agreed code of conduct for preventing the spread of ballistic missiles.
- Chemical Weapons ‘Indestructible’ Russia Warns RIA Novosti 08 Nov 2012 -- Chemical weapons cannot be completely thrown out of the stockpiles of the world’s leading powers even though they are banned.
- Iran criticizes discriminatory implementation of NPT IRNA 06 Nov 2012 -- Discriminatory implementation of nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has left many states feeling that being a party to NPT causes hinderanance of cooperation in field atomic energy.
- Russia Urges Better International Nuclear Disaster Notification RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2012 -- Russia calls on the United Nations to improve the international mechanism of nuclear disaster notification.
- Nuclear power safer now with new measures following Fukushima Daiichi accident, UN official UN News Centre 05 Nov 2012 -- Head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency told the world body’s Member States that nuclear power is safer than before the disaster.
- Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea and Rwanda obtain non-permanent seats on UN Security Council UN News Centre 18 Oct 2012 -- The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2013.
- Threat posed by chemical weapons remains serious global concern, says Ban UN News Centre 01 Oct 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the continuing global threat posed by chemical weapons.
- UN chief urges countries to show 'true leadership' and join nuclear-test-ban treaty UN News Centre 27 Sep 2012 -- Stressing that the entry into force of the United Nations-backed treaty banning nuclear tests would be a milestone in advancing the cause of nuclear disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on those States that have not yet signed on to do so without delay.
- States to press for early entry into force of treaty banning nuclear tests at UN event UN News Centre 24 Sep 2012 -- Senior government officials will press for the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) when they meet later this week at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the treaty first opened for signature 16 years ago today.
- Five Permanent UN Representatives Support Mongolia's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Status US Dept. of State 18 Sep 2012
- Iran, DPR Korea and Syria failing obligations to UN nuclear agency UN News Centre 17 Sep 2012 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog reported that Iran, the DPRK, and Syria have not sufficiently cooperated in resolving outstanding issues regarding their nuclear activities.
- IAEA to Convene 56th General Conference RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency will convene its General Conference on September 17-21.
- General Assembly meeting highlights need to end nuclear testing for a safer world UN News Centre 06 Sep 2012 -- The end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving a safer and more secure world, United Nations officials stressed.
- Global ban on nuclear tests vital for achieving more secure world – UN chief UN News Centre 29 Aug 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban stressed the importance of a global ban on nuclear tests to achieve a safer and more secure world.
- On anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, Ban urges elimination of nuclear weapons UN News Centre 06 Aug 2012 -- Marking the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to work together to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons.
- UN Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Fail RFE/RL 28 Jul 2012 -- Month-long UN negotiations to establish the first international treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade have ended without a deal.
- Dozens Of States Call For Stronger Arms Trade Treaty As Second Draft Released RFE/RL 26 Jul 2012 -- Nearly 80 countries have jointly released a statement condemning as too weak a second draft Arms Trade Treaty circulated among UN member states 24 hours before the negotiations are to conclude.
- UN agencies urge nations to consider humanitarian concerns in arms treaty negotiations UN News Centre 13 Jul 2012 -- Ten United Nations agencies and their partners have urged Members States to place humanitarian concerns at the forefront of their discussions aimed at reaching agreement on a comprehensive and robust arms trade treaty.
- At key conference, Ban calls for multilateral treaty to regulate conventional arms trade UN News Centre 03 Jul 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban urged Member States to work towards a treaty to regulate the trade in such weapons, stressing that a set of rules on this matter is long overdue.
- UN Negotiations Begin On Global Arms-Trade Treaty RFE/RL 02 Jul 2012 -- Negotiations on a first-ever globally binding arms-trade treaty have kicked off at United Nations headquarters, the first day of monthlong discussions.
- European Foreign Ministers Want 'Decisive' Effort to Regulate Arms Trade VOA 02 Jul 2012 -- Britain, France, Germany and Sweden are urging United Nations members to support a "decisive effort" to regulate conventional weapons trade.
- UN Opening Talks On Global Weapons Treaty RFE/RL 02 Jul 2012 -- Negotiations are getting under way at the United Nations in New York aimed at crafting the first binding treaty to regulate the world weapons market.
- Press Conference on Risks Mitigation Initiative United Nations 22 Jun 2012
- Assembly head urges countries to overcome deadlock in UN disarmament body UN News Centre 15 May 2012 -- The President of the General Assembly called on Member States to advance the work of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.
- In UN-backed meeting, countries reaffirm their commitment to ban nuclear testing UN News Centre 11 May 2012 -- Meeting in Vienna today, members of the United Nations-backed treaty to ban nuclear testing reiterated their commitment to seek a safer world without nuclear weapons.
- UN chief: Security Council has vital role in combating threats of nuclear proliferation UN News Centre 19 Apr 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban highlighted the vital role played by the Security Council in combating the threat of nuclear proliferation.
- Giving Up Nukes - Is The Post-Soviet Experience A Model For Others? RFE/RL 28 Mar 2012 -- As world leaders gathered for the two-day nuclear-security summit in Seoul this week, a lot of the attention was on countries that were not present - North Korea, Pakistan, India, and Iran.
- World Leaders Call For More Nuclear Security Cooperation RFE/RL 27 Mar 2012 -- World leaders gathered for a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, have pledged tough action to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism but have agreed no new concrete measures.
- At Seoul summit, Ban outlines steps to defuse global nuclear threat UN News Centre 27 Mar 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined five areas that deserve greater attention as the world community strives to ensure nuclear security, from curbing terrorism financing to stricter control over fissile materials.
- Nuclear Summit Produces Few Significant Outcomes VOA 27 Mar 2012 -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday sat with the leaders of China, India, Russia and top officials from nearly 50 other countries to try to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.
- Remarks by President Obama at Hankuk University The White House 26 Mar 2012
- Obama Cites Global Efforts to Stop Nuclear Terror AFPS 26 Mar 2012 -- The world is safer because the international community has made it harder than ever for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama told students at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea, today.
- Trilateral Agreement Highlights Nuclear Security Summit AFPS 26 Mar 2012 -- The United States, Canada and Mexico have completed a joint nuclear security project to convert the fuel in Mexico’s research reactor from highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium.
- Obama Calls For 'World Without Nuclear Weapons' RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he is pushing for 'a world without nuclear weapons' and directly appealed to North Korea and Iran, the BBC reported.
- Anti-Nuclear Activists Say Summit Ignores True Nuclear Security VOA 26 Mar 2012 -- President Barrack Obama says the United States is committed to developing new technologies to produce peaceful nuclear energy. He made these remarks on Monday at the start of a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea. But one year after the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex, concerns about the safety of nuclear power linger on. Some activists, though, say there is no form of safe nuclear power.
- Libya and Syria top talks on chemical weapons between Ban and key official UN News Centre 01 Mar 2012 -- The destruction of chemical weapons in Libya and the possible existence of similar stockpiles in Syria have topped agenda between Secretary-General Ban and the head of body dedicated to the removal of such weapons.
- Eliminating nuclear tests will help achieve safer, more prosperous world – Ban UN News Centre 17 Feb 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban called on all countries to press ahead toward realizing the vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
- Senior UN official calls on countries to end stalemate on disarmament UN News Centre 14 Feb 2012 -- A senior UN official called on countries to boost their efforts and find common ground to reach an agreement and end the existing impasse within the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum.
- Ban hails Latin American nuclear weapon-free zone on 45th anniversary UN News Centre 14 Feb 2012 -- On the 45th anniversary of the treaty that created a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the pact.
- 25 January 2012 - Press Conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations Headquarters United Nations 25 Jan 2012
- Ban urges UN forum to 'seize the moment' to advance disarmament UN News Centre 24 Jan 2012 -- Lamenting the lack of progress in recent years within the world's sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged its members to break the existing impasse and move the agenda forward.
- Guatemala ratifies UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests UN News Centre 13 Jan 2012 -- Guatemala has ratified the United Nations-backed international treaty banning nuclear tests, bringing the number of State parties to 156.
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