Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2016 United Nations News
2016 Global Special Weapons News
- 'Aleppo now synonym for hell,' Ban warns in final press conference as UN chief UN News 16 Dec 2016 -- In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that "the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;" and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have "squandered a peace agreement."
- Security Council 'strongest when united,' says Secretary-General as he bids farewell UN News 14 Dec 2016 -- In its farewell to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council today acknowledged his contribution to international peace, security and development, in particular his exceptional efforts to solve international problems in economic, social, environmental and cultural fields.
- Antonio Guterres sworn in as ninth UN chief Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has been sworn in as the United Nations' ninth secretary general.
- New Secretary-General Guterres Takes Oath, Outlines Vision for United Nations Sputnik 12 Dec 2016 -- Antonio Guterres took the oath of office at the UN General Assembly.
- Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations UN News 12 Dec 2016 -- Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization's work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.
- UN chief: Survival of humanity depends on total elimination of nuclear weapons IRNA 26 Sep 2016 -- Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon stressed on Monday the urges world nations to work collectively to totally eliminate nuclear weapons as this is the only way to guarantee survival of humanity.
- On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons UN News 26 Sep 2016 -- The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a "standstill," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
- Mugabe: AU Will Form Splinter Group if Not Given Permanent UN Seat VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- Zimbabwe's president said Saturday that the African Union was planning to form a splinter group with countries such as Russia, China and India if the U.N. Security Council did not include members of his continent next year.
- UN Security Council adopts resolution on Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty People's Daily 24 Sep 2016 -- The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to reinforce the objectives of a major treaty banning nuclear test, amid growing nuclear threat posed by the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Security Council adopts resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament UN News 23 Sep 2016 -- Reaffirming that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery, threatens international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging all States who haven't done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
- UN atomic chief reports on agency's role in nuclear safety, sustainable development, combating illness UN News 19 Sep 2016 -- In his address to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, the agency's Director-General, highlighted work in various areas, including nuclear applications, nuclear safety and security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and modernizing a new pest control facility to tackle vector-brome diseases such as Zika.
- Joint Statement on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Nuclear-Weapon States US Dept. of State 15 Sep 2016 -- The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- UN calls for 'breakthrough' in bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force UN News 31 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations today spoke up for an early entry into force a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, with a senior official describing the treaty as a "low-hanging fruit."
- Nuclear tests: 20 years after its adoption, the test ban treaty is yet to get into force UN News 31 Aug 2016 -- Adopted 20 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has not yet got into effect, and will only come into force once ratified by eight specific countries that have not done it yet.
- On World Day, top UN officials call for prompt entry into force of nuclear test ban treaty UN News 29 Aug 2016 -- Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior United Nations officials today called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments.
- At Security Council, Ban calls for eradicating weapons of mass destruction 'once and for all' UN News 23 Aug 2016 -- Recalling that eliminating weapons of mass destruction was one of the founding principles of the United Nations and was in fact the subject of the first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to seriously refocus attention on nuclear disarmament.
- UN Chief Warns World Not Prepared to Deal With Biological Attack VOA 23 Aug 2016 -- There are no global treaties to prevent a biological weapons attack, and the world is not adequately prepared to deal with one, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.
- On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, Ban urges all States to 'galvanize global will for disarmament' UN News 06 Aug 2016 -- With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, "the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and a seeking a better future for all.
- Saudi-UN Dispute Grows VOA 09 Jun 2016 -- A diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is escalating. The U.N. chief says the kingdom pressured him into removing the Saudi coalition in Yemen from a blacklist of entitites that harm children during conflicts.
- 'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar UN News 21 May 2016 -- With the Doha Forum meeting "at a time of fragility and vulnerability," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.
- UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them UN News 04 May 2016 -- Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We've prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.
Using the 'threat' of sanctions
- On anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests, Ban reiterates call to action UN News 27 Apr 2016 -- Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.
- In Vienna, Ban to discuss how UN can deliver on world's expectations UN News 26 Apr 2016 -- While on a visit to the capital of Austria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be leading discussions on how the UN system can work together in unity so that it can deliver on the expectations of the international community.
- United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General UN News 12 Apr 2016 -- Kicking off what he has called a "new and transparent process," General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for substantive and open engagement with the candidates – for the full UN membership and the public.
- A Secretary or a General? UN Seeks New Chief VOA 12 Apr 2016 -- While much of the world is watching the U.S. presidential race play out, another contest is taking shape that, while not as contentious, could have significant international implications. It is the election of the next U.N. secretary-general.
- Disarmament Commission has 'considerable potential' to produce solid results – senior UN official UN News 04 Apr 2016 -- Despite a "deepening paralysis and divisions within multilateral disarmament bodies," and the fact that many are looking outside traditional United Nations forums for progress, the top official on the issue stressed today that the UN Disarmament Commission has considerable potential to demonstrate that the existing disarmament machinery can produce results.
- In Washington at Nuclear Security Summit, Ban highlights role of UN watchdog agency UN News 01 Apr 2016 -- At the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has attended a working lunch with other dignitaries and in his remarks, he is expected to spotlight the crucial role played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the area of nuclear security.
- UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali UN News 16 Feb 2016 -- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, veteran Egyptian diplomat and the first United Nations Secretary-General from Africa, passed away today at the age of 93. He is being praised for guiding the Organization through the tumultuous early 1990's and for helping shape the UN's response to post-Cold War realities, drafting a seminal report on preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping.
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