Conclusions of the Informal Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to observe the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Helfand InterventionDuring the United Nations conference on September 10th to observe the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Sam Kutesa, opened the discussion asking to raise awareness around the world about this topic, and urging the promotion of peace through advocating for disarmament.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also encouraged all states to work together to acheive nuclear disarmament, stating that the best way to honor the victims of past nuclear tests is to prevent further tests in the future and that no efforts should be spared to achieve a nuclear-free world.

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York, Mr. Abdrakhmanov, explained that Kazakhstan is a good example that total disarmament is possible. Kazakhstan has been affected for the lasting effects of nuclear tests that took place in that country for many years, but now it is one of the countries that are leading the initiatives against nuclear testing worldwide.

During the Panel on “Towards Zero: Resolving the Contradictions”, distinguished experts commented on their perspectives about the pursuit of a nuclear-weapon-free world. All of the speakers agreed that stopping nuclear weapons is not enough to guarantee security; they have to be eliminated since there always exists a possibility that they may be used again.

The panelists also sent a message to the countries that haven’t ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so in order to reach the goal of nuclear zero.

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This post was created and published by Adriana Mora (Peace Boat US Interns)


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