2019 United Nations News
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- UN Chief Calls for New Arms Control Treaty in Wake of US Missile Test Sputnik 13 Dec 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a new arms control agreement following the United States' testing of a ballistic missile previously banned by the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, said UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq.
- Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, Nations Act to Prevent Further Use of Deadly "Novichok" Nerve Agents US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2019 -- On March 4, 2018, the Russian Federation used a military-grade nerve agent it developed, frequently referred to as a "novichok," in a brazen assassination attempt on two individuals in Salisbury, the United Kingdom. The attack was the first-ever use of novichoks, which attack the human central nervous system and are deadly.
- At UN, Middle East countries discuss steps towards regional nuclear-free zone UN News 18 Nov 2019 -- Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
- Work and reforms of the UN 'at risk', Guterres warns Member States, amidst 'record-level' cash crisis UN News 08 Oct 2019 -- The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, "our work and our reforms are at risk", the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday.
- UN Chief: Budget Shortfalls Impacting Work VOA 08 Oct 2019 -- The U.N. Secretary-General warned Tuesday that the organization is facing its "deepest deficit of the decade" and might not be able to pay all its staff in November.
- UN General Assembly President upholds value of multilateralism in speech closing annual debate UN News 30 Sep 2019 -- The only way to guarantee peace, security and sustainable development is for countries to work together, the UN General Assembly president said in his speech on Monday concluding the annual high-level debate in the Hall.
- DR Congo President outlines vision for a 'more representative' UN Security Council UN News 26 Sep 2019 -- With Africa at the centre of many global challenges, it is time for the continent to have a seat in the UN Security Council, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told world leaders on Thursday.
- Elimination of nuclear weapons 'only real way' to allay fear of a constant threat, Guterres insists UN News 26 Sep 2019 -- Progress made in reducing the danger posed by nuclear arsenals has not only come to a halt, "it is going in reverse", and any use of a nuclear weapon in the future would ignite "a humanitarian catastrophe."
- UN chief warns of bipolar world Press TV 24 Sep 2019 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned global leaders of the risk of the world becoming split between two rival sides, an apparent reference to the United States and China.
- UN Chief Warns Against Creation Of 'Two Competing Worlds' By U.S. And China RFE/RL 24 Sep 2019 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world risks splitting in two, with the United States and China "creating two separate and competing worlds."
- New START Agreement Must Be Extended in Near Term to Advance Global Peace - UN Chief Sputnik 24 Sep 2019 -- The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) must be extended in the near term as part of a global disarmament agenda to advance peace, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech before the General Assembly on Tuesday.
- In 'world of disquiet', UN must deliver for the people, Guterres tells General Assembly UN News 24 Sep 2019 -- We are living in "a world of disquiet", the United Nations chief told the High-level session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, urging the Heads of States present to advance "common good" while upholding "shared humanity and values".
- Global Nuclear Threat 'Highest Since Cuban Missile Crisis' VOA 16 Sep 2019 -- World leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, which begins Tuesday in New York, must make nuclear arms control a priority, according to a group of more than 100 political, military and diplomatic figures from Europe and Russia. They have issued a joint statement warning that the risks of nuclear accident, misjudgment or miscalculation have not been higher since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Nuclear testing has 'disastrous consequences' for people and planet, General Assembly told UN News 09 Sep 2019 -- Events commemorating the recent International Day against Nuclear Tests serve as an "important and stark reminder…of the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing on human health and the environment", a top UN official told the General Assembly on Monday.
- Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force a 'central pillar' of global disarmament push, says UN chief UN News 29 Aug 2019 -- The legacy of nuclear testing is "nothing but destruction," and in a world of rising tensions, "our collective security depends" on bringing a global treaty into force that bans nuclear explosions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
- UN chief laments ending of Cold War-era disarmament treaty UN News 02 Aug 2019 -- Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” on Friday that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty betweein the United States and Russia came to an end.
- UN Nuclear Watchdog Appoints Romanian Diplomat As Acting Chief After Amano's Death RFE/RL 25 Jul 2019 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has appointed Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta as acting director-general until a new chief for the United Nations' nuclear watchdog is chosen following the death earlier this week of Yukiya Amano.
- UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief Amano Dead At 72 RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on July 22.
- On the Passing of Director General Amano US Dept. of State 22 Jul 2019
- 'Deep sadness' at passing of UN nuclear watchdog agency chief, Yukiya Amano UN News 22 Jul 2019 -- The head of the UN body that oversees nuclear activities across the world has died aged 72, it was announced on Monday. In a statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the passing of Director General Yukiya Amano, with "deepest sadness".
- Modernization of world nuclear forces continues despite overall decrease in number of warheads: New SIPRI Yearbook out now SIPRI 17 Jun 2019 -- SIPRI Governing Board Chair Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, says: 'A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2018, all nuclear weapon-possessing states continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals.'
- Global Nuclear Arsenal Declines, But Future Cuts Uncertain Amid U.S.-Russia Tensions RFE/RL 17 Jun 2019 -- The number of nuclear weapons held by world powers declined in the past year, but future reductions look uncertain because of the "political and military differences" between Moscow and Washington, an influential research group says.
- 'Fewer But Newer': SIPRI Report Finds Amount of Nuclear Weapons on Decline, But Getting Modernized Sputnik 17 Jun 2019 -- A recently published report reveals that although there has been a decrease in the world's overall number of nuclear warheads in 2019, nuclear-armed states are currently modernizing their arsenals.
- UN 'financial crisis,' years in the making, Guterres tells budget body, proposes solutions UN News 05 Jun 2019 -- The UN's financial crisis has been years in the making and is undermining the organization's mandates and reform efforts, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Fifth Committee, the body responsible for the United Nations budget, on Tuesday.
- Newly-elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President pledges focus on 'peace and prosperity' for most vulnerable UN News 04 Jun 2019 -- The global reach of the United Nations makes it "the world's best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress", said the top Nigerian diplomat who will be the next President of the General Assembly.
- Russia presents draft resolution to get 'politicized' OPCW 'back on track' Press TV 17 May 2019 -- Russia has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to "get the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) back on track", as it believes the UN's chemical watchdog has been "hijacked by politics".
- UN chief warns of nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific Press TV 16 May 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed alarm at the leakage of radioactive material from a concrete dome built to contain waste from atomic bomb tests by the United States amd France during the Cold War.
- Prospect of a nuclear war 'higher than it has been in generations', warns UN UN News 02 Apr 2019 -- In a world defined by "competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy", the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is "higher than it has been in generations," the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
- UK, US join countries opposing Russia's plan to expand ban on deadly chemicals Press TV 26 Feb 2019 -- Britain, the United States and 18 other members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have voted down a proposal by Russia to add a broad array of deadly agents to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) arms control treaty.
- Make progress or risk redundancy, UN chief warns world disarmament body UN News 25 Feb 2019 -- A new global vision for arms control is needed and States must not "sleepwalk" into a new nuclear arms race, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday.
- 'Compelling case' for urgency around global disarmament, UN-led forum told UN News 21 Jan 2019 -- Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes.
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