Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2017 United Nations News
2017 Global Special Weapons News
- The only world safe from use of nuclear weapons is a world completely free of them - UN chief UN News 26 Sep 2017 -- The only world that is safe from the use of nuclear weapons is a world that is completely free of them, Secretary-General António Guterres said today as the United Nations marked the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
- At UN Assembly, Nicaragua underscores dialogue and negotiation as way to peace UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- The Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations, Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, addressed the General Assembly's annual debate today, reflecting on the political will and action that must be undertaken to achieve a better and peaceful world.
- Timor-Leste is vivid example of what UN can do in peacebuilding, Assembly debate told UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- Timor-Leste, a country which the United Nations shepherded to independence from Indonesia 15 years ago, stands as a shining example of what the world Organization can achieve in establishing peace and stability, the country's president told the General Assembly today.
- At General Assembly, Mozambique calls for reformed UN, greater aid from wealthy States UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- Only a reformed United Nations and a greater commitment from wealthier countries to help the developing world can confront "the overwhelming challenges of our times," Mozambique told the General Assembly on the last day of its 72nd annual general debate today.
- New Zealand, at General Assembly, urges reformed UN to 'do better' to solve global problems UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations is crucial to tackling the plethora of problems confronting the world – from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear programme to global development and climate change – but it can and must do better, New Zealand told the General Assembly's 72nd annual general debate today.
- United Nations 'backbone' of global order, stresses Norway at Assembly UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- Underscoring that the "unprecedented" progress achieved by human kind over the last decades cannot be taken for granted, Norway called for continued international cooperation to safeguard the achievements and to ensure that they remain sustainable.
- In UN Assembly address, Angola emphasises its 'decisive' role in multilateralism UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- Underscoring the importance of multilateralism in solving global tensions, Angola told the United Nations General Assembly about its strong engagement and "decisive" role in restoring peace and security in the region, with its commitment for economic development and democratic society.
- With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations.
- Uruguay joins other nations addressing General Assembly in calling for stronger, more flexible UN UN News 25 Sep 2017 -- In his speech to the General Assembly's annual general debate, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Foreign Minister of Uruguay, said strengthened international coordination bodies are needed more than ever, urging respect for the principle of sovereignty.
- Pakistan, India Trade 'Terrorism' Accusations At UN General Assembly RFE/RL 24 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan and India are trading accusations of state-sponsored terrorism against each other at the UN General Assembly in New York.
- Leaders Air Grievances at United Nations Gathering VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- There were some verbal fireworks at the U.N. General Assembly Saturday as the foreign minister of North Korea responded to President Donald Trump and a senior Indian official lashed out at Pakistan.
- At UN Assembly, DPR Korea denounces US President's 'reckless and violent' comments UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today denounced United States President Donald Trump's "reckless and violent words," saying that the US leader himself is on a "suicide mission."
- In General Assembly address, Bahrain calls for strong, stable Middle East UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Bahrain reiterated its support for a strong Middle East in its United Nations General Assembly address, underscoring the need for strong and common political will to guarantee positive relations with other countries, support for the principles of non-interference in others internal affairs, and reaffirmation of the fight against terrorism and its sponsors.
- Maldives at UN Assembly calls for stronger UN to tackle global crises UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- A stronger United Nations is more than ever needed to address the multiple crises facing the world, the Maldives to the General Assembly's 72nd annual general debate today.
- Djibouti tells General Assembly a reformed UN central to confronting global challenges is needed UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- A reformed United Nations with increased resources must be at the heart of efforts to confront the host of crises threatening the world, from climate change and economic stagnation to stimulating development and combatting terrorism, Djibouti told the General Assembly today.
- Fight against drugs and crime aims to protect law-abiding people, Philippines tells UN UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The Philippines' battle against corruption, crime and illegal drugs seeks to protect the human rights of peaceful law-abiding people, the country's top foreign affairs official said today at the United Nations General Assembly.
- National sovereignty and non-interference must be respected within UN, Burundi tells Assembly UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Mounting the podium of the General Assembly, Burundi today stressed the importance of national sovereignty within the United Nations.
- DRC's Kabila Paints Violence in Kasai as War on Terror VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo's president told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering Saturday that his military was fighting terrorists in the center and east of the country.
- In UN address, South Sudan urges balanced approach to peace, development UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly's high-level debate, the First Vice-President of South Sudan called for incentivising peace and stability by shifting the focus to development and long-term projects.
- At UN Assembly, small island States press for action to mitigate impacts of climate change UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- The President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, told the United Nations General Assembly that the theme of its current session – 'Focusing on People'– reminded world leaders of their responsibility to ensure that human lives, dignity and values prevail over "dollar value."
- Tunisia, at UN, calls for comprehensive response to global terrorism UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- The threat of terrorism has forced Tunisia to double the budget of its military and security expenditures, Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui told the United Nations General Assembly today, stressing that more international support was needed despite the Government's efforts to stamp out the scourge.
- Global Goals a 'blueprint' for fair and equitable development, Kenya tells UN Assembly UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- Speaking at the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Kenya highlighted that the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided the globe with a blueprint for a more peaceful world and for making development and globalization "fair and equitable for all."
- Algeria tells Assembly reformed UN necessary for dealing with world's many crises UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- Faced with the same backdrop year after year of unresolved old conflicts and new deadly outbreaks, climate change, impoverishment and under-development, the world has no alternative but to place its hopes in the United Nations, Algeria told the General Assembly today. "Who better to assume this role than our Organization which, even it needs to be improved in many respects, still remains more than ever this unique and irreplaceable instrument in the service of nations, Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel told the Assembly's 72nd General Debate, calling for institutional reform.
- International rules-based order in jeopardy Australia's Foreign Minister tells UN assembly UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, told the General Assembly today that while the United Nations had been established to build an international rules-based order for peaceful dispute resolution, "we are now in a time when the challenges to that order are increasing."
- 'No room for complacency' when survival of future generations is at stake, Bhutan tells UN Assembly UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- Addressing global leaders at the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations, the Prime Minister of Bhutan underscored that the impacts of climate change – illustrated by devastating hurricanes and floods, and record-setting temperatures year after year – are very real.
- 'Surge of solidarity' can halt spread of poverty, Cameroon's President tells UN Assembly UN News 22 Sep 2017 -- The first speaker to take the podium on the fourth day of the United Nations General Assembly annual high-level debate, President Paul Biya of Cameroon, underscored that peace, essential for the survival of humanity and sustainable development, "is dangerously under threat," notably from terrorism, conflicts, poverty and climate disruptions.
- Pakistan's New Leader Criticizes U.S. Policy While Praising China In UN Speech RFE/RL 22 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his first address before the UN General Assembly, rejected the new U.S. war strategy in neighboring Afghanistan while praising China's growing economic role in the region.
- Disarmament and non-proliferation 'mutually-reinforcing,' Security Council told UN News 21 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations disarmament chief today warned against emerging technologies that make the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction easier, and stressed the need for effective approaches combining diplomacy, international cooperation and implementation of Security Council decisions.
- Countering extremism in Middle East requires socio-economic measures, Lebanese leader tells UN UN News 21 Sep 2017 -- Recalling the tragic 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that sparked the global 'war on terror' – which has since "lost its way" – the President of Lebanon today told the United Nations that the while many Middle East had borne the brunt, terrorism has spread like wildfire to all continents and must be tackled at its roots.
- At UN, Serbian President discusses future of peaceful, prosperous Western Balkans region UN News 21 Sep 2017 -- Kicking off the third day of the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly, Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia, drew attention to the future of the Western Balkans region – with a focus on how to preserve peace and ensure prosperity.
- Multilateralism is pathway forward to a better world, Cyprus tells UN Assembly UN News 21 Sep 2017 -- As the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly continued today, Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, spoke extensively about multilateralism as the only way to preserve the planet; peacefully resolve conflicts; end terrorism and extremism; prevent natural disasters and alleviate humanitarian crises around the world.
- Africa must be allowed to play rightful role in international affairs, Moroccan Minister tells UN UN News 20 Sep 2017 -- As the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly continued today, Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, spoke extensively about multilateralism as the only way to preserve the planet; peacefully resolve conflicts; end terrorism and extremism; prevent natural disasters and alleviate humanitarian crises around the world.
- Multilateralism is the only clear path for tackling today's challenges, Romania tells UN UN News 20 Sep 2017 -- People across the globe suffer from war, poverty, inequality and injustice, the President of Romania told the United Nations General Assembly today, citing rising tensions over cultural identity and faith along with terrorist attacks, which deepen insecurity.
- Southern African leaders, at General Assembly, call for levelling the economic playing field UN News 20 Sep 2017 -- Warning that Africa is beset by the double scourge of the disparity of the global economy and illicit financial outflows, South African President Jacob Zuma today called on the United Nations to play a central role in tackling both issues, which are major obstacle to full development.
- UN chief highlights "nuclear peril" in work report to General Assembly People's Daily 20 Sep 2017 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday highlighted "nuclear peril" while addressing the General Assembly, which kicked off its annual general debate.
- Nuclear powers refrain from signing UN treaty on banning nukes Press TV 20 Sep 2017 -- World powers that possess nuclear weapons refrain from attending a ceremony at the United Nations to sign a long-anticipated treaty on banning nukes, merely arguing that the pact will not work.
- Treaty banning nuclear weapons opens for signature at UN UN News 20 Sep 2017 -- The world's first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature today at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.
- Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly The White House 19 Sep 2017
- Trump calls Iran nuclear deal an 'embarrassment' to US Press TV 19 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has told the United Nations General Assembly that the internationally-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran is an "embarrassment" to the United States, raising question whether he intends to stay in the 2015 accord.
- Trump Calls On UN To Take Harder Line Against North Korea, Iran RFE/RL 19 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called on members of the United Nations General Assembly to take a harder line against threats posed by North Korea and Iran, saying the United States could be "forced" to "totally destroy North Korea" if the UN fails to convince Pyongyang to "cease its hostile behavior" and suggesting that Washington may withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.
- Trump Threatens 'Total Destruction' of North Korea in First UN Speech VOA 19 Sep 2017 -- Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" on a suicide mission, U.S. President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction.
- UN Chief: Millions Live Under Shadow of DPRK Nuclear Threat VOA 19 Sep 2017 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened his first General Assembly gathering Tuesday warning that North Korea's nuclear ambitions are the world's most serious challenge.
- Repair 'world in pieces' and create 'world at peace,' UN chief Guterres urges global leaders UN News 19 Sep 2017 -- Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.
- President of UN General Assembly urges world leaders to engage in working for the people UN News 19 Sep 2017 -- Opening the annual general debate, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet.
- All nations should embrace their sovereignty, US President tells world leaders at UN Assembly UN News 19 Sep 2017 -- Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was "entirely up to us" to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.
- At General Assembly, France urges return to optimism, values that underpinned UN's founding UN News 19 Sep 2017 -- Citing a litany of world crises and quoting directly from victims of man-made and natural disasters, French President Emmanuel Macron today called for a return to the optimism and universal values that inspired the founding of the United Nations 72 years ago, taking into the account the new realities of the 21st century.
- Trump Debuts at UN, Calls for Administrative Overhaul of World Body VOA 18 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he long ago recognized the promise of the United Nations when he chose a spot across the street to build a residential tower.
- Trump Chides UN For Bureaucracy, Urges It To Take 'Bold Stand' RFE/RL 18 Sep 2017 -- In his debut at the United Nations, President Donald Trump told the organization it was failing to live up to its potential and urged the organization to take a "bold stand" with a more clearly defined global mission.
- Trump says 'bureaucracy' and 'mismanagement' holding UN back Press TV 18 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has warned that "bureaucracy" and "mismanagement" are holding the United Nations back, a pointed message for an international organization he once criticized as weak and incompetent.
- Remarks by President Trump at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting The White House 18 Sep 2017
- US, UK, France boycott UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons Press TV 08 Jul 2017 -- The United States, along with Britain and France, say they will never become party to a global treaty that was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
- Iran fully backs Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty IRNA 08 Jul 2017 -- Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, referring to Iran as being one of the victims of weapons of mass destruction, stressed Tehran's full support of Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty on Saturday morning.
- Iran's IAEA envoy hails UN treaty banning nuclear weapons Press TV 08 Jul 2017 -- The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the Islamic Republic, as a major victim of weapons of mass destruction, fully supports the United Nations' recent adoption of a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.
- Statement from UK, US, France, on ban treaty 07 Jul 2017 -- "France, the United Kingdom and the United States have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it. Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons."
- UN adopts global treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons Press TV 07 Jul 2017 -- The United Nations has adopted a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons for the first time in the seven-decade effort to avert a nuclear war.
- Over 120 UN Member States Adopt Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Sputnik 07 Jul 2017 -- 120 UN member states with the exception of all nine nuclear powers adopted a treaty to categorically prohibit nuclear weapons.
- UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons UN News 07 Jul 2017 -- Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.
- Over 120 Nations Adopt First Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons VOA 07 Jul 2017 -- A U.N. conference adopted an international treaty banning nuclear weapons Friday, but the world's nine nuclear powers boycotted the proceedings, leaving its impact in doubt.
- UN: Terrorists Using 'Dark Web' in Pursuit of WMDs VOA 28 Jun 2017 -- The U.N.'s disarmament chief warned Wednesday that terrorists and non-state actors are using the so-called dark web to seek the tools to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction.
- International cooperation key to keeping WMDs away from terrorists, Security Council told UN News 28 Jun 2017 -- The United Nations disarmament chief today called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons.
- US Might Quit UN Rights Body if No Reforms VOA 06 Jun 2017 -- Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has warned that the Trump Administration might pull out of the Human Rights Council if the U.N. body does not undertake necessary reforms.
- UN chief Guterres pledges commitment to achieving world free of nuclear weapons UN News 24 Jan 2017 -- Disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing the outbreak of new strife, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, pledging to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons.
- New UN Chief Looks Forward to Working With Team Trump VOA 18 Jan 2017 -- The new United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, says he will take a positive, constructive approach in dealing with the new Trump administration on the many troubling issues facing the world today.
- Trump To Press Reforms, Change At UN, Spokesman Says RFE/RL 05 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will press for reforms and change at the United Nations to ensure it is more "efficient and effective" in responding to global problems, his spokesman has said.
- Secretary-General António Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals UN News 03 Jan 2017 -- On his first day in office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for teamwork, telling staff at the world body's New York Headquarters that it is not enough to the "do the right thing, we need to earn the right to do the right thing."
- New UN Chief Touts Value of Multilateralism VOA 03 Jan 2017 -- New U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres says "we are facing very challenging times" which make it the right moment for the organization to "assert the value of multilateralism."
- New UN chief Guterres pledges to make 2017 'a year for peace' UN News 01 Jan 2017 -- On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.
- New Year Brings New Leadership at UN VOA 01 Jan 2017 -- Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took over the top position at the world's top diplomatic body Sunday, after outgoing leader Ban Ki-moon's term ended at midnight, December 31.
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