‘Compelling case’ for urgency around global disarmament, UN-led forum told

UN Photo/Violaine Martin Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, briefs the press at the Palais des Nations. (file)

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

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.

Mr Møller, who acts as the Secretary-General of the Conference, was speaking at the opening of the first 2019 meeting of the Geneva-based Conference, which, although it is the only multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations, has been deadlocked for over 20 years: the last arms control agreement successfully negotiated by the body was the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, in 1996.

The UN Geneva chief said that the realities of today make a compelling case for a renewed sense of urgency, and a collective commitment and determination in pursuing disarmament. He warned that the nuclear threat remains high: nuclear programmes continue to be pursued, and nuclear arsenals enhanced, and that military and security expenditures have reached record levels. Despite these, and other risks, multilateralism is “under fire at the time we need it most,” and “meaningful dialogue on the right approach to a host of disarmament issues continues to elude us.

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Conference on Disarmament, described by Mr. Møller as an occasion to “recall why these mechanisms, with their regulations and rules of procedures and (spoken and unspoken) codes of conduct, were established.” They are important, he continued, because they provide a neutral place for dialogue, where different positions can be acknowledged and transcended.

Striking a positive note, Mr. Møller pointed to progress made in 2018 – when, for the first time in several years, four reports were adopted by consensus, paving the way for further work including technical discussions – and the hope that momentum generated by these developments will continue in this and future Sessions of the Conference.

The Conference on Disarmament, established as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, is not formally a UN body but reports annually, or more frequently as appropriate, to the UN General Assembly.

Currently, the consensus-based body focuses primarily on the following issues: cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters, prevention of an arms race in outer space; effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons; and  new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons including radiological weapons; comprehensive programme of disarmament and transparency in armaments.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

4 eco-friendly products put sustainable spins on classic practices, from teacups to hankies

Parliament proposes policy toolbox to curb air pollution

EU Cohesion policy: Commission adopts €21 billion Greek Partnership Agreement for 2021-2027

UN welcomes Angola’s repeal of anti-gay law, and ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation

The fatal consequences of troika’s blind austerity policy

Protecting migratory species in a rapidly changing world

Companies that put employees first perform better

Prejudice-based medicine

Egyptian death sentences a ‘gross miscarriage of justice’: UN human rights chief

Palliative care and UHC in India: Still Uncharted Waters?

EU Commission announces Safe Harbour 2.0 and a wider Data protection reform

Traffic congestion cost the US economy nearly $87 billion in 2018

How we can win the war against antibiotic resistance

EU sets ambitious targets for the Warsaw climate conference

Mental health in medical students: the deciphered quandary

‘Jerusalem is not for sale’ Palestinian President Abbas tells world leaders at UN Assembly

India’s mega-rich are on the rise

Funding boost for sustainable development data agreed at UN conference

Dieselgate: Parliament calls for mandatory retrofits of polluting cars

Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

Moving from a promise made in Sweden towards hope for peace in Yemen

Ignorance or Refusal: Determinants in the individual’s choice for palliative care

Future Forces Forum: Prague will be hosting the most important project in the field of Defence and Security

To achieve the Great Reset, we will need more than just the actions of the powerful

Alternative proteins will transform food, mitigate climate change and drive profits. Here’s how

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe – 14 June 2016

Antibiotics are contaminating the world’s rivers

This is how wellbeing drives social change and why cultural leaders need to talk about it

‘Unique opportunity’ to resolve border dispute between Sudan, South Sudan

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond

Europe had a record year for Measles – and it’s partly down to anti-vaccine campaigners

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

How governments can redesign support for entrepreneurs after COVID-19

What little Cameron got in Brussels seems enough to keep Britain in the EU

Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast

Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force

Apparently the EU Digital Single Market passes necessarily from China’s Digital Silk Road

FROM THE FIELD: facing up to the extreme mental health pressures of conflict

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

Religious violence is on the rise. What can faith-based communities do about it?

Draghi to hold on zero interest rates until he leaves ECB

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2019 review highlights that tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

Coronavirus variants: Commission calls for limiting essential travel from India

World Retail Congress Dubai 2016: Retail’s night of nights

Global Cooperation for Local Action: Fighting antimicrobial resistance

GSMA Introduces MWC21 Travel Partner Gray Dawes

EU Budget 2019: no deal before the end of the conciliation period

The Indian miracle state pointing the way to global sustainability

Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety

Poorer countries set to be ‘increasingly dependent’ on food imports, says UN food agency report

230 Junior Entrepreneurs and over 70 guests attended the International Congress on “Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth”

Summer pause gives time to rethink Eurozone’s problems

At last Britain considers a super-soft Brexit

Towards a tobacco free India

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

This Latin American country is keeping COVID-19 firmly under control. How?

‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

This young activist explains how to change the world in 3 steps

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s