Connect with us

NPT

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria remains committed to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT saying the nation would continue to promote it Buhari made this position known while addressing delegates at a High Level Plenary to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in New York The president who was represented by the National Security Adviser NSA Babagana Monguno said that expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance was senseless This is contained in a statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja Buhari also expressed Nigeria s dissatisfaction over the failure of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty that was held in New York from Aug 1 to Aug 26 He said the conference was to produce a consensual final document which assessed the implementation of the treaty 12 years since the adoption of an outcome document in 2010 According to him current global realities including threats of global and transboundary terrorism climate change hunger and zoonotic diseases require collective global efforts and channelling of resources towards addressing them Therefore expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance makes no sense at all The total elimination of nuclear weapons can be considered a catalyst to the assurance of global peace and security and development Africa had long acknowledged the existential threat nuclear weapons pose to human existence It was to this end that African countries collectively adopted the Pelindaba Treaty which prohibited the acquisition of nuclear weapons for military purposes and declared Africa a nuclear weapons free zone he said Buhari said that the NPT remained an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the key instrument in the efforts to halt the vertical and horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons He therefore called for the full implementation of all commitments and the unequivocal undertakings assumed by the Nuclear Weapons States at the 1995 Review and Extension Conference and the 2000 and 2010 Review Conferences of the Parties to the treaty According to Buhari while Nigeria remains resolute in its support for the global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament regime the country is mindful of the beneficial uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes He re affirmed the right of all states to use nuclear technologies for their developmental aspirations consistent with the relevant articles of the NPT and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA statute He said that Nigeria joined other countries in the core group to co sponsor the resolution that led to the adoption of the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons in 2017 President Buhari enjoined other states that had not ratified the treaty to do so without any further delay to enable full implementation of its provisions Nigeria wishes to reiterate its call for the implementation and enforcement of all treaties on the elimination of nuclear weapons and reassures of her continued principled position in support of a world free of nuclear weapons he added NAN reports that NPT is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology It is meant to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria remains committed to nuclear non-proliferation – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria remains committed to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT saying the nation would continue to promote it Buhari made this position known while addressing delegates at a High Level Plenary to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in New York The president who was represented by the National Security Adviser NSA Babagana Monguno said that expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance was senseless This is contained in a statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja Buhari also expressed Nigeria s dissatisfaction over the failure of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty that was held in New York from Aug 1 to Aug 26 He said the conference was to produce a consensual final document which assessed the implementation of the treaty 12 years since the adoption of an outcome document in 2010 According to him current global realities including threats of global and transboundary terrorism climate change hunger and zoonotic diseases require collective global efforts and channelling of resources towards addressing them Therefore expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance makes no sense at all The total elimination of nuclear weapons can be considered a catalyst to the assurance of global peace and security and development Africa had long acknowledged the existential threat nuclear weapons pose to human existence It was to this end that African countries collectively adopted the Pelindaba Treaty which prohibited the acquisition of nuclear weapons for military purposes and declared Africa a nuclear weapons free zone he said Buhari said that the NPT remained an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the key instrument in the efforts to halt the vertical and horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons He therefore called for the full implementation of all commitments and the unequivocal undertakings assumed by the Nuclear Weapons States at the 1995 Review and Extension Conference and the 2000 and 2010 Review Conferences of the Parties to the treaty According to Buhari while Nigeria remains resolute in its support for the global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament regime the country is mindful of the beneficial uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes He re affirmed the right of all states to use nuclear technologies for their developmental aspirations consistent with the relevant articles of the NPT and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA statute He said that Nigeria joined other countries in the core group to co sponsor the resolution that led to the adoption of the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons in 2017 President Buhari enjoined other states that had not ratified the treaty to do so without any further delay to enable full implementation of its provisions Nigeria wishes to reiterate its call for the implementation and enforcement of all treaties on the elimination of nuclear weapons and reassures of her continued principled position in support of a world free of nuclear weapons he added NAN reports that NPT is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology It is meant to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria remains committed to nuclear non-proliferation – Buhari
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    Nigeria remains committed to nuclear non-proliferation – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria remains committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    saying the nation would continue to promote it.

    Buhari made this position known while addressing delegates at a High-Level Plenary to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in New York. The president, who was represented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, said that expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance was senseless.

    This is contained in a statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

    Buhari also expressed Nigeria’s dissatisfaction over the failure of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that was held in New York, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 26. He said the conference was to produce a consensual final document which assessed the implementation of the treaty, 12 years since the adoption of an outcome document in 2010. According to him, current global realities, including threats of global and transboundary terrorism, climate change, hunger and zoonotic diseases, require collective global efforts and channelling of resources towards addressing them.

    “Therefore, expending further resources on nuclear weapons stockpiling and maintenance makes no sense at all.

    “The total elimination of nuclear weapons can be considered a catalyst to the assurance of global peace and security and development.

    “Africa had long acknowledged the existential threat nuclear weapons pose to human existence.

    “It was to this end that African countries collectively adopted the Pelindaba Treaty, which prohibited the acquisition of nuclear weapons for military purposes and declared Africa a nuclear-weapons-free zone,” he said.

    Buhari said that the NPT remained an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the key instrument in the efforts to halt the vertical and horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    He, therefore, called for the full implementation of all commitments and the unequivocal undertakings assumed by the Nuclear-Weapons States at the 1995 Review and Extension Conference and the 2000 and 2010 Review Conferences of the Parties to the treaty.

    According to Buhari, while Nigeria remains resolute in its support for the global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament regime, the country is mindful of the beneficial uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

    He re-affirmed the right of all states to use nuclear technologies for their developmental aspirations consistent with the relevant articles of the NPT, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) statute.

    He said that Nigeria joined other countries in the core group to co-sponsor the resolution that led to the adoption of the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons in 2017. President Buhari enjoined other states that had not ratified the treaty to do so without any further delay, to enable full implementation of its provisions.

    “Nigeria wishes to reiterate its call for the implementation and enforcement of all treaties on the elimination of nuclear weapons and reassures of her continued principled position in support of a world free of nuclear weapons,” he added.

    NAN reports that NPT is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

    It is meant to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   On August 27 starting at 2 25 p m local time same day 10 25 p m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H E Ms Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure In response Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID 19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan s long standing support to Ghana Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa Minister Botchwey said that Africa s food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana
      On August 27 starting at 2 25 p m local time same day 10 25 p m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H E Ms Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure In response Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID 19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan s long standing support to Ghana Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa Minister Botchwey said that Africa s food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana
    Africa1 month ago

    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana

    On August 27, starting at 2:25 p.m. (local time; same day, 10:25 p.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H.E. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana.

    The summary of the meeting is as follows.

    At the beginning, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition.

    Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations, saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure.

    In response, Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.

    Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID-19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan's long-standing support to Ghana.

    Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations, including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana.

    Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa.

    Minister Botchwey said that Africa's food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan's support.

    Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.

    In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.

    They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

  •   On August 27 starting at around 07 20 p m local time August 28 around 03 20 a m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 paid a courtesy visit to H E Mr Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN President of the Republic of Seychelles The summary of the courtesy call is as follows Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles initiatives including climate change countermeasures and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles which has a large EEZ the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo Pacific In response President Ramkalawan emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles expressed appreciation for Japan s extensive support for Seychelles They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8 Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles
      On August 27 starting at around 07 20 p m local time August 28 around 03 20 a m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 paid a courtesy visit to H E Mr Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN President of the Republic of Seychelles The summary of the courtesy call is as follows Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles initiatives including climate change countermeasures and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles which has a large EEZ the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo Pacific In response President Ramkalawan emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles expressed appreciation for Japan s extensive support for Seychelles They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8 Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles
    Africa1 month ago

    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles

    On August 27, starting at around 07:20 p.m. (local time; August 28, around 03:20 a.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

    The summary of the courtesy call is as follows.

    Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago.

    President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.

    Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles' initiatives, including climate change countermeasures, and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles, which has a large EEZ, the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific .

    In response, President Ramkalawan, emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles, expressed appreciation for Japan's extensive support for Seychelles.

    They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8.

    Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa.

    President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan's support.

    Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.

    In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.

    They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

  •   South Africa is deeply disappointed and dismayed by another failed Review Conference of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT The NPT Review Conference concluded without results on August 26 2022 at the United Nations New York We attribute this failure to the refusal of the nuclear weapon States namely the United States the Russian Federation the United Kingdom China and France to accept any tangible progress in meeting agreed nuclear disarmament commitments This Review Conference was an opportunity for the five nuclear weapon States to recommit to fulfilling their unfulfilled commitments to rid themselves and the world of nuclear weapons and save the rest of humanity from the devastating humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation or a nuclear war It is disconcerting that these states continue to view nuclear weapons as central to their own security interests and global political influence It became clear at the Review Conference that there is a complete lack of trust and a breakdown in communication between the Shipowner States South Africa is further concerned that positions and divisions among nuclear weapon States are eroding the integrity of the NPT and undermining non nuclear weapon States adherence and commitment to the Treaty The NPT framework cannot stand on the backs and commitments of the Non Nuclear Weapon States that are duly complying with their non proliferation obligations South Africa values the NPT and will not waver in its moral leadership to advance nuclear disarmament progress This moral leadership was born from the voluntary verifiable and irreversible destruction of their weapons The NPT does not grant Nuclear Weapon States the right to possess nuclear weapons indefinitely quite the contrary As long as the nuclear weapon states and their allies possess nuclear weapons and depend on these weapons for their security humanity will not be safe
    Declaration on the conclusion of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, United Nations, New York, August 26, 2022
      South Africa is deeply disappointed and dismayed by another failed Review Conference of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT The NPT Review Conference concluded without results on August 26 2022 at the United Nations New York We attribute this failure to the refusal of the nuclear weapon States namely the United States the Russian Federation the United Kingdom China and France to accept any tangible progress in meeting agreed nuclear disarmament commitments This Review Conference was an opportunity for the five nuclear weapon States to recommit to fulfilling their unfulfilled commitments to rid themselves and the world of nuclear weapons and save the rest of humanity from the devastating humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation or a nuclear war It is disconcerting that these states continue to view nuclear weapons as central to their own security interests and global political influence It became clear at the Review Conference that there is a complete lack of trust and a breakdown in communication between the Shipowner States South Africa is further concerned that positions and divisions among nuclear weapon States are eroding the integrity of the NPT and undermining non nuclear weapon States adherence and commitment to the Treaty The NPT framework cannot stand on the backs and commitments of the Non Nuclear Weapon States that are duly complying with their non proliferation obligations South Africa values the NPT and will not waver in its moral leadership to advance nuclear disarmament progress This moral leadership was born from the voluntary verifiable and irreversible destruction of their weapons The NPT does not grant Nuclear Weapon States the right to possess nuclear weapons indefinitely quite the contrary As long as the nuclear weapon states and their allies possess nuclear weapons and depend on these weapons for their security humanity will not be safe
    Declaration on the conclusion of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, United Nations, New York, August 26, 2022
    Africa1 month ago

    Declaration on the conclusion of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, United Nations, New York, August 26, 2022

    South Africa is deeply disappointed and dismayed by another failed Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    The NPT Review Conference concluded without results on August 26, 2022, at the United Nations, New York. We attribute this failure to the refusal of the nuclear-weapon States, namely the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, China and France, to accept any tangible progress in meeting agreed nuclear disarmament commitments.

    This Review Conference was an opportunity for the five nuclear-weapon States to recommit to fulfilling their unfulfilled commitments to rid themselves and the world of nuclear weapons, and save the rest of humanity from the devastating humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation or a nuclear war.

    It is disconcerting that these states continue to view nuclear weapons as central to their own security interests and global political influence.

    It became clear at the Review Conference that there is a complete lack of trust and a breakdown in communication between the Shipowner States.

    South Africa is further concerned that positions and divisions among nuclear-weapon States are eroding the integrity of the NPT and undermining non-nuclear-weapon States' adherence and commitment to the Treaty.

    The NPT framework cannot stand on the backs and commitments of the Non-Nuclear Weapon States that are duly complying with their non-proliferation obligations.

    South Africa values ​​the NPT and will not waver in its moral leadership to advance nuclear disarmament progress.

    This moral leadership was born from the voluntary, verifiable and irreversible destruction of their weapons.

    The NPT does not grant Nuclear Weapon States the right to possess nuclear weapons indefinitely, quite the contrary.

    As long as the nuclear-weapon states and their allies possess nuclear weapons and depend on these weapons for their security, humanity will not be safe.

  •  Iran s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal if the U S makes the right decision The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday This was said during the address of the 10th Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Review Conference in New York Majid Takht Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in 15 reports But the U S pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal the Iranian envoy said He noted that following the U S pullout from the deal Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through maximum resistance The envoy added that since April 2021 Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA s full implementation But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U S government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran s promised interests under the nuclear deal Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the United States are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision
     Iran s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal if the U S makes the right decision The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday This was said during the address of the 10th Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Review Conference in New York Majid Takht Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in 15 reports But the U S pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal the Iranian envoy said He noted that following the U S pullout from the deal Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through maximum resistance The envoy added that since April 2021 Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA s full implementation But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U S government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran s promised interests under the nuclear deal Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the United States are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision
    Foreign2 months ago

    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision

    Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal, if the U.

    S. makes the right decision.

    The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday.

    This was said during the address of the 10th Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal.

    The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 15 reports.

    But the U.

    S. pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign.

    It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal, the Iranian envoy said.

    He noted that following the U.

    S. pullout from the deal, Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through “maximum resistance.

    ’’ The envoy added that since April 2021, Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA’s full implementation.

    But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U.

    S. government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran’s promised interests under the nuclear deal.

    Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.

    However, former U.

    S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

    The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

    Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA, as well as the United States, are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement.

    (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has called for total elimination of nuclear weapons warning that trafficking in nuclear materials remains a potential threat to international peace and security Mr Femi Adesina the president s spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Friday said Buhari gave the warning in a video message to the UN High level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Buhari restated Nigeria s commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy He however expressed concern about the slow pace of States possessing nuclear weapons in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities We are concerned about the slow pace of progress by nuclear weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals in accordance with their legal obligations and undertakings under Article VI of the Non Proliferation Treaty NPT he said He reiterated the need for the United Nations to continue engaging Nuclear Weapon States to speed up their efforts in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities The best approach to avoid damage associated with nuclear materials such as humanitarian crisis accidents disasters and criminality is the total elimination of nuclear weapons he added The Nigerian leader told world leaders at the virtual summit that the universalization of the NPT was dependent upon strict compliance with its three pillars namely disarmament non proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy He therefore enjoined other Member States to ratify the Treaty noting that Nigeria had played a major role in negotiations leading to the coming into force of the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty Pelindaba Treaty We will continue to galvanize other African States to abide by the tenets of the Pelindaba Treaty This is to ensure that the entire continent remains nuclear free While there are no easy solutions when we confront one of the gravest existential threats to the survival of the human race we must remain undeterred and committed to a world of safety and security one without the volatility posed by Nuclear Weapons he said The Nigerian President said it was noteworthy that this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that terminated the lives of thousands of people with severe long term damages to the environment The Anniversary is a forceful reminder of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons which undermine global national and human security Hence there is need for all states to comply with applicable international laws and conventions to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons We must therefore redouble our efforts to implement the provisions of the Nuclear NPT being the basis of Non Proliferation Regime This is to enable us achieve our desire for total elimination of nuclear weapons he said Buhari also highlighted how Nigeria had demonstrated support for multilateral efforts toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons The president recounted that as one of the countries in the vanguard of the campaign for the total elimination of nuclear weapons Nigeria signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Sept 20 2017 and recently ratified it on Aug 6 He noted that Nigeria joined like minded states to sponsor the resolution titled Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations which led to the legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Nigeria has been involved in the promotion of peaceful application of nuclear science and technology at national and international levels Accordingly Nigeria ratified several international treaties and conventions in the area of nuclear safety and security We have also expressed political commitment to the IAEA Code of Conduct on safety and security of radioactive sources More so we have developed and approved the first International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Integrated Nuclear Security Plan for the period 2010 2012 with further review to cover 2019 2021 period In this connection Nigeria commends the continued efforts of the IAEA particularly its role in monitoring and inspecting nuclear facilities he said The Nigerian leader urged States to ensure compliance with IAEA safeguards and standards at all times as well as nuclear verification disarmament measures The president added that in order to facilitate the development and peaceful deployment of nuclear technology Nigeria regulates and implements its energy aspiration through the relevant agencies In addition we are reforming the National Nuclear Security Sector to make it robust and reliable These reforms involve the domestication of The International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism Review of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act and Review of Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority Act To further demonstrate our commitment to nuclear security Nigeria successfully converted the Nigeria Research Reactor NIRR 1 a 31 kilowatts miniature neutron source reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel Also in 2019 the administration set up Nigeria s Nuclear Security Support Centre and developed a Nuclear Security Detection Architecture to serve as a sustainable safeguard for maintaining nuclear security and detection of radioactive materials out of regulatory control he said Buhari also reminded the Summit that the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice affirms that the threat or use of nuclear weapons constitute a crime against humanity and a violation of international law including international humanitarian law Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    Buhari to UN: Trafficking in Nuclear materials threat to international peace, security
     President Muhammadu Buhari has called for total elimination of nuclear weapons warning that trafficking in nuclear materials remains a potential threat to international peace and security Mr Femi Adesina the president s spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Friday said Buhari gave the warning in a video message to the UN High level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Buhari restated Nigeria s commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy He however expressed concern about the slow pace of States possessing nuclear weapons in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities We are concerned about the slow pace of progress by nuclear weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals in accordance with their legal obligations and undertakings under Article VI of the Non Proliferation Treaty NPT he said He reiterated the need for the United Nations to continue engaging Nuclear Weapon States to speed up their efforts in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities The best approach to avoid damage associated with nuclear materials such as humanitarian crisis accidents disasters and criminality is the total elimination of nuclear weapons he added The Nigerian leader told world leaders at the virtual summit that the universalization of the NPT was dependent upon strict compliance with its three pillars namely disarmament non proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy He therefore enjoined other Member States to ratify the Treaty noting that Nigeria had played a major role in negotiations leading to the coming into force of the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty Pelindaba Treaty We will continue to galvanize other African States to abide by the tenets of the Pelindaba Treaty This is to ensure that the entire continent remains nuclear free While there are no easy solutions when we confront one of the gravest existential threats to the survival of the human race we must remain undeterred and committed to a world of safety and security one without the volatility posed by Nuclear Weapons he said The Nigerian President said it was noteworthy that this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that terminated the lives of thousands of people with severe long term damages to the environment The Anniversary is a forceful reminder of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons which undermine global national and human security Hence there is need for all states to comply with applicable international laws and conventions to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons We must therefore redouble our efforts to implement the provisions of the Nuclear NPT being the basis of Non Proliferation Regime This is to enable us achieve our desire for total elimination of nuclear weapons he said Buhari also highlighted how Nigeria had demonstrated support for multilateral efforts toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons The president recounted that as one of the countries in the vanguard of the campaign for the total elimination of nuclear weapons Nigeria signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Sept 20 2017 and recently ratified it on Aug 6 He noted that Nigeria joined like minded states to sponsor the resolution titled Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations which led to the legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Nigeria has been involved in the promotion of peaceful application of nuclear science and technology at national and international levels Accordingly Nigeria ratified several international treaties and conventions in the area of nuclear safety and security We have also expressed political commitment to the IAEA Code of Conduct on safety and security of radioactive sources More so we have developed and approved the first International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Integrated Nuclear Security Plan for the period 2010 2012 with further review to cover 2019 2021 period In this connection Nigeria commends the continued efforts of the IAEA particularly its role in monitoring and inspecting nuclear facilities he said The Nigerian leader urged States to ensure compliance with IAEA safeguards and standards at all times as well as nuclear verification disarmament measures The president added that in order to facilitate the development and peaceful deployment of nuclear technology Nigeria regulates and implements its energy aspiration through the relevant agencies In addition we are reforming the National Nuclear Security Sector to make it robust and reliable These reforms involve the domestication of The International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism Review of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act and Review of Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority Act To further demonstrate our commitment to nuclear security Nigeria successfully converted the Nigeria Research Reactor NIRR 1 a 31 kilowatts miniature neutron source reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel Also in 2019 the administration set up Nigeria s Nuclear Security Support Centre and developed a Nuclear Security Detection Architecture to serve as a sustainable safeguard for maintaining nuclear security and detection of radioactive materials out of regulatory control he said Buhari also reminded the Summit that the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice affirms that the threat or use of nuclear weapons constitute a crime against humanity and a violation of international law including international humanitarian law Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    Buhari to UN: Trafficking in Nuclear materials threat to international peace, security
    General news2 years ago

    Buhari to UN: Trafficking in Nuclear materials threat to international peace, security

    President Muhammadu Buhari has called for total elimination of nuclear weapons, warning that trafficking in nuclear materials remains a potential threat to international peace and security.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja on Friday said Buhari gave the warning in a video-message to the UN High-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

    Buhari restated Nigeria’s commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

    He, however, expressed concern about the ‘‘slow pace’’ of States possessing nuclear weapons in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities.    

    ”We are concerned about the slow pace of progress by nuclear-weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals, in accordance with their legal obligations and undertakings under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” he said.

    He reiterated the need for the United Nations to continue engaging Nuclear Weapon States to speed up their efforts in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities.

    ”The best approach to avoid damage associated with nuclear materials such as humanitarian crisis, accidents, disasters and criminality is the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” he added.

    The Nigerian leader told world leaders at the virtual summit that the universalization of the NPT was dependent upon strict compliance with its three pillars namely, disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

    He, therefore, enjoined other Member States to ratify the Treaty, noting that Nigeria had played a major role in negotiations leading to the coming into force of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (Pelindaba Treaty).

    ”We will continue to galvanize other African States to abide by the tenets of the Pelindaba Treaty. This is to ensure that the entire continent remains nuclear-free.

    ”While there are no easy solutions when we confront one of the gravest existential threats to the survival of the human race, we must remain undeterred and committed to a world of safety and security, one without the volatility posed by Nuclear Weapons,” he said.

    The Nigerian President said it was noteworthy that this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that terminated the lives of thousands of people with severe long-term damages to the environment.

    ”The Anniversary is a forceful reminder of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons which undermine global, national and human security.

    ”Hence, there is need for all states to comply with applicable international laws and conventions to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts to implement the provisions of the Nuclear NPT being the basis of Non-Proliferation Regime.

    ”This is to enable us achieve our desire for total elimination of nuclear weapons,’’ he said.

    Buhari also highlighted how Nigeria had demonstrated support for multilateral efforts toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

    The president recounted that as one of the countries in the vanguard of the campaign for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, Nigeria signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Sept. 20, 2017 and recently ratified it on Aug. 6.

    He noted that Nigeria joined like-minded states to sponsor the resolution titled “Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations” which led to the legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

    ”Nigeria has been involved in the promotion of peaceful application of nuclear science and technology at national and international levels.

    ”Accordingly, Nigeria ratified several international treaties and conventions in the area of nuclear safety and security.

    ”We have also expressed political commitment to the IAEA Code of Conduct on safety and security of radioactive sources.

    ”More so, we have developed and approved the first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Security Plan for the period 2010-2012 with further review to cover 2019-2021 period.

    ”In this connection, Nigeria commends the continued efforts of the IAEA, particularly its role in monitoring and inspecting nuclear facilities,” he said.

    The Nigerian leader urged States to ensure compliance with IAEA safeguards and standards at all times as well as nuclear verification disarmament measures.

    The president added that in order to facilitate the development and peaceful deployment of nuclear technology, Nigeria regulates and implements its energy aspiration through the relevant agencies.

    ”In addition, we are reforming the National Nuclear Security Sector to make it robust and reliable.

    ”These reforms involve the domestication of The International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; Review of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act; and Review of Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority Act.

    ”To further demonstrate our commitment to nuclear security, Nigeria successfully converted the Nigeria Research Reactor (NIRR-1), a 31 kilowatts miniature neutron source reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel.

    ”Also in 2019, the administration set up Nigeria’s Nuclear Security Support Centre and developed a Nuclear Security Detection Architecture to serve as a sustainable safeguard for maintaining nuclear security and detection of radioactive materials out of regulatory control,’’ he said.

    Buhari also reminded the Summit that the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice affirms that the threat or use of nuclear weapons constitute a crime against humanity and a violation of international law, including international humanitarian law.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    Source: NAN

  •  The freshly media disseminated excerpts from a confidential UN report that claim that North Korea has been advancing its non peaceful nuclear programme limelight the urgent necessity for the United States to resume denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang Daryl Kimball the executive director of the United States based Arms Control Association made this known to Sputnik on Tuesday Earlier this week a leaked confidential report by a panel of independent UN experts claimed that North Korea had continued its nuclear programme and probably managed to develop miniaturised nuclear devices to equip the warheads of its ballistic missiles This means that time is not on our side and it remains urgently necessary to revive the stalled United States DPRK Democratic People s Republic of Korea the formal name of North Korea talks on denuclearisation and peace This is with the goal of working out a step for step programme of action that begins with a verifiable halt of Pyonyang s production of nuclear bomb material signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the dismantlement of its main weapons complex at Yongbyon Kimball said According to the expert the prospects of rebooting talks currently stumble upon gaps between stances of Washington and Pyongyang lack of active discussion tough talk and the never ending threat of sanctions UN Security Council members including Russia and China cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and simply complain that others are not doing enough Rather they should engage directly with Washington and Pyongyang to try to encourage flexibility on both sides so that the situation can be stabilised and the nuclear threats posed by North Korea can be diminished Kimball added The expert said the report excerpts seemed credible as they reflected what many independent industry specialists knew for quite some time now namely that North Korea was advancing its nuclear weapons even without ongoing nuclear or long range ballistic missile tests The nuclear programme of North Korea has been subject to concerns of the international community for decades now In 1985 Pyongyang signed the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons NPT In 1993 the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA detected inconsistencies between North Korea s declared amount of plutonium products and nuclear waste solutions and demanded that Pyongyang grant the agency access to its nuclear facilities North Korea responded by accusing the IAEA of interference in its domestic affairs and declared its decision to withdraw from the NPT which was reiterated in 2003 Three years later after North Korea s first nuclear tests the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1695 which condemned the launches and imposed sanctions against Pyongyang Since then a number of resolutions and sanction extensions have been adopted to urge North Korea to abide by non proliferation and adhere to disarmament including one urging Pyongyang to adhere to Resolution 1540 on the non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction In 2017 Pyongyang announced that its nuclear programme had achieved the desired result and that the country was ready to launch denuclearisation The United States and North Korea had two denuclearisation summits in 2018 and 2019 but they eventually faced a deadlock as Washington demanded that Pyongyang completely dismantle all of its nuclear facilities The demand by the United States was in order for North Korea to be given sanctions relief while it insisted on that part of the restrictions be lifted before denuclearisation begins Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Leaked UN Report on N. Korea shows United States should resume denuclearisation talks – NGO
     The freshly media disseminated excerpts from a confidential UN report that claim that North Korea has been advancing its non peaceful nuclear programme limelight the urgent necessity for the United States to resume denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang Daryl Kimball the executive director of the United States based Arms Control Association made this known to Sputnik on Tuesday Earlier this week a leaked confidential report by a panel of independent UN experts claimed that North Korea had continued its nuclear programme and probably managed to develop miniaturised nuclear devices to equip the warheads of its ballistic missiles This means that time is not on our side and it remains urgently necessary to revive the stalled United States DPRK Democratic People s Republic of Korea the formal name of North Korea talks on denuclearisation and peace This is with the goal of working out a step for step programme of action that begins with a verifiable halt of Pyonyang s production of nuclear bomb material signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the dismantlement of its main weapons complex at Yongbyon Kimball said According to the expert the prospects of rebooting talks currently stumble upon gaps between stances of Washington and Pyongyang lack of active discussion tough talk and the never ending threat of sanctions UN Security Council members including Russia and China cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and simply complain that others are not doing enough Rather they should engage directly with Washington and Pyongyang to try to encourage flexibility on both sides so that the situation can be stabilised and the nuclear threats posed by North Korea can be diminished Kimball added The expert said the report excerpts seemed credible as they reflected what many independent industry specialists knew for quite some time now namely that North Korea was advancing its nuclear weapons even without ongoing nuclear or long range ballistic missile tests The nuclear programme of North Korea has been subject to concerns of the international community for decades now In 1985 Pyongyang signed the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons NPT In 1993 the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA detected inconsistencies between North Korea s declared amount of plutonium products and nuclear waste solutions and demanded that Pyongyang grant the agency access to its nuclear facilities North Korea responded by accusing the IAEA of interference in its domestic affairs and declared its decision to withdraw from the NPT which was reiterated in 2003 Three years later after North Korea s first nuclear tests the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1695 which condemned the launches and imposed sanctions against Pyongyang Since then a number of resolutions and sanction extensions have been adopted to urge North Korea to abide by non proliferation and adhere to disarmament including one urging Pyongyang to adhere to Resolution 1540 on the non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction In 2017 Pyongyang announced that its nuclear programme had achieved the desired result and that the country was ready to launch denuclearisation The United States and North Korea had two denuclearisation summits in 2018 and 2019 but they eventually faced a deadlock as Washington demanded that Pyongyang completely dismantle all of its nuclear facilities The demand by the United States was in order for North Korea to be given sanctions relief while it insisted on that part of the restrictions be lifted before denuclearisation begins Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Leaked UN Report on N. Korea shows United States should resume denuclearisation talks – NGO
    Foreign2 years ago

    Leaked UN Report on N. Korea shows United States should resume denuclearisation talks – NGO

    The freshly media-disseminated excerpts from a confidential UN report that claim that North Korea has been advancing its non-peaceful nuclear programme limelight the urgent necessity for the United States to resume denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang.

    Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the United States-based Arms Control Association, made this known to Sputnik on Tuesday.

    Earlier this week, a leaked confidential report by a panel of independent UN experts claimed that North Korea had continued its nuclear programme and “probably” managed to develop miniaturised nuclear devices to equip the warheads of its ballistic missiles.

    “This means that time is not on our side and it remains urgently necessary to revive the stalled United States-DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea) talks on denuclearisation and peace.

    “This is with the goal of working out a step-for-step programme of action that begins with a verifiable halt of Pyonyang’s production of nuclear bomb material, signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the dismantlement of its main weapons complex at Yongbyon,” Kimball said.

    According to the expert, the prospects of rebooting talks currently stumble upon gaps between stances of Washington and Pyongyang, lack of active discussion, “tough talk” and the never-ending threat of sanctions.

    “UN Security Council members, including Russia and China, cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and simply complain that others are not doing enough.

    “Rather, they should engage directly with Washington and Pyongyang to try to encourage flexibility on both sides so that the situation can be stabilised and the nuclear threats posed by North Korea can be diminished,” Kimball added.

    The expert said the report excerpts seemed credible as they reflected what many independent industry specialists knew for quite some time now, namely that North Korea was advancing its nuclear weapons even without ongoing nuclear or long-range ballistic missile tests.

    The nuclear programme of North Korea has been subject to concerns of the international community for decades now.

    In 1985, Pyongyang signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

    In 1993, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) detected inconsistencies between North Korea’s declared amount of plutonium products and nuclear waste solutions and demanded that Pyongyang grant the agency access to its nuclear facilities.

    North Korea responded by accusing the IAEA of interference in its domestic affairs and declared its decision to withdraw from the NPT, which was reiterated in 2003.

    Three years later, after North Korea’s first nuclear tests, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution /1695, which condemned the launches and imposed sanctions against Pyongyang.

    Since then, a number of resolutions and sanction extensions have been adopted to urge North Korea to abide by non-proliferation and adhere to disarmament, including one urging Pyongyang to adhere to Resolution 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

    In 2017, Pyongyang announced that its nuclear programme had achieved the desired result and that the country was ready to launch denuclearisation.

    The United States and North Korea had two denuclearisation summits in 2018 and 2019, but they eventually faced a deadlock as Washington demanded that Pyongyang completely dismantle all of its nuclear facilities.

    The demand by the United States was in order for North Korea to be given sanctions relief, while it insisted on that part of the restrictions be lifted before denuclearisation begins.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres on Wednesday in New York identified four looming threats to world peace and human progress in the 21st century In a broad based and passionate address to the General Assembly he listed them as epic geopolitical tension the climate crisis global mistrust and the downsides of technology Briefing the Assembly on his priorities for 2020 Guterres outlined strategies to tackle the challenges which he described as the four horsemen in our midst To this end he urged member countries to join the UN in providing practical solutions to secure a peaceful future for citizens His full speech bellow Happy New Year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations I draw tremendous strength from all that we represent and all that we have achieved together Yet anniversaries are not about celebrating the past they are about looking ahead We must cast our eyes to the future with hope But we must also do so without illusion Today I want to speak to you in stark and simple terms about the challenges we face I see four horsemen in our midst four looming threats that endanger 21st century progress and imperil 21st century possibilities The first horseman comes in the form of the highest global geostrategic tensions we have witnessed in years Devastating conflicts continue to cause widespread misery Terrorist attacks take a merciless toll The nuclear menace is growing More people have been forced from their homes by war and persecution than at any time since the Second World War Tensions over trade and technology remain unresolved The risk of a Great Fracture is real Second we face an existential climate crisis Rising temperatures continue to melt records The past decade was the hottest on record Scientists tell us that ocean temperatures are now rising at the equivalent of five Hiroshima bombs a second One million species are in near term danger of extinction Our planet is burning Meanwhile as we saw at COP25 too many decision makers continue to fiddle Our world is edging closer to the point of no return The third horseman is deep and growing global mistrust Disquiet and discontent are churning societies from north to south Each situation is unique but everywhere frustration is filling the streets More and more people are convinced globalization is not working for them As one of our own reports revealed just yesterday two of every three people live in countries where inequality has grown Confidence in political establishments is going down Young people are rising up Women are rightly demanding equality and freedom from violence and discrimination At the same time fears and anxieties are spreading Hostility against refugees and migrants is building Hatred is growing The fourth threat is the dark side of the digital world Technological advances are moving faster than our ability to respond to or even comprehend them Despite enormous benefits new technologies are being abused to commit crimes incite hate fake information oppress and exploit people and invade privacy We are not prepared for the profound impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the labour market and the very structure of society Artificial intelligence is generating breathtaking capacities and alarming possibilities Lethal autonomous weapons machines with the power to kill on their own without human judgement and accountability are bringing us into unacceptable moral and political territory These four horsemen epic geopolitical tensions the climate crisis global mistrust and the downsides of technology can jeopardize every aspect of our shared future That is why commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won t do We must address these four 21st century challenges with four 21st century solutions Let me take each in turn First peace and security that I mentioned There are some signs of hope Last year conflict was prevented in the wake of several critical elections from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Madagascar from Mali to the Maldives and beyond Despite hostilities in Yemen the fragile cease fire in Hodeidah is holding A constitutional committee in Syria has taken form even if it is still facing meaningful obstacles A peace agreement in the Central African Republic is being implemented And the recent Berlin conference on Libya brought key players around the peace table at a critical moment committing to refraining from interference in the armed conflict or in the internal affairs of Libya and urging all international actors to do the same All of these efforts require patience and persistence But they are essential and save lives As we look ahead we have our work cut out for us We see Gordian Knots across the world from the Gulf to the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Sahel and Lake Chad to Venezuela Security Council resolutions are being ignored Outside interference is fueling fires And we are at risk of losing pillars of the international disarmament and arms control architecture without viable alternatives Yes the United Nations continues to deliver life saving aid to millions of people in desperate need But temporary relief is no substitute for permanent solutions Prevention must orient all we do as we engage across the peace continuum We must strengthen our mediation capacity and our tools for sustaining peace leading to long term development Our Action for Peacekeeping initiative is enhancing performance and safety We are becoming more effective in the protection of civilians and we have more female peacekeepers than ever before The 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security is also an opportunity to further match words with deeds At the same time we know peacekeeping is not enough where there is no peace to keep We need to create the conditions for effective peace enforcement and counter terrorism operations by our regional partners under chapter VII of the Charter and with predictable funding This is especially true in Africa from the Sahel to Lake Chad And we must focus on the roots of crisis and upheaval combatting the drivers of violence and extremism from exclusion to economic despair from violent misogyny to governance failures Last year I launched first of its kind action plans to combat hate speech and to safeguard religious sites This year I will convene a conference on the role of education in tackling hate speech And we must continue to advance the Agenda for Disarmament I call on all State Parties to work together at the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to ensure the NPT remains able to fulfill its fundamental goals preventing nuclear war and facilitating the elimination of nuclear weapons The second horseman is the threat of climate catastrophe We must respond with the promise of climate action We are at war with nature And nature is fighting back hard One cannot look at the recent fires in Australia at people fleeing their homes and wildlife consumed by the flames without profound sadness at today s plight and fear for what the future may bring Meanwhile air pollution combined with climate change is killing according to the World Health Organization 7 million people every year Gradual approaches are no longer enough At the next climate conference COP26 in Glasgow Governments must deliver the transformational change our world needs and that people demand with much stronger ambition ambition on mitigation ambition on adaptation and ambition on finance Every city region bank pension fund and industry must completely reimagine how they operate to keep temperature rise to 1 5 degrees The scientific community is clear We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 The main obligation rests on the main emitters Those countries that contributed most to this crisis must lead the way If they dither we are doomed But I still believe the climate battle is a battle we can win People get it Technology is on our side Scientists tell us it is not too late Economists and asset managers tell us climate smart investments are the key to competing and winning in the 21st century All the tools and knowledge to move from the grey economy to the green economy are already available So let us embrace transformation let us build on the results of last September s Climate Action Summit and let us make the commitments to make Glasgow a success Together with Glasgow we have two other opportunities to act decisively this year First the Oceans conference in Lisbon in June The world s oceans are under assault from pollution overfishing and much else Plastic waste is tainting not only the fish we eat but also the water we drink and the air we breathe We must use the Lisbon conference to protect the oceans from further abuse and recognize their fundamental role in the health of people and planet For example based on the success of several national initiatives it is time for a global ban on single use plastics Second the Biodiversity conference in Kunming in October The rate of species loss is exponentially higher than at any time in the past 10 million years We must make the most of the Kunming conference to adopt a post 2020 global biodiversity framework Living in harmony with nature is more important than ever Everything is interlinked To help vanquish the third horseman global mistrust we must build a fair globalization We have a plan It s called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and all of your governments pledged to make it a reality The good news is that I hear tremendous enthusiasm for the SDGs wherever I go from political leaders at the national and local levels to entrepreneurs investors civil society and so many others We see concrete progress from reducing child mortality to expanding education from improving access to family planning to increasing access to the internet But what we see is not enough Indeed we are off track At present course half a billion people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2030 And the gender gap in economic participation would have to wait more than 250 years That is unacceptable For all these reasons we are launching a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 The Decade of Action is central to achieving a fair globalization boosting economic growth and preventing conflict We will leverage the reformed United Nations Development System to engage partners from the local to the global To mobilize a movement for the Sustainable Development Goals To unlock financing To generate the ambition innovation and solutions to deliver for everyone everywhere Throughout the Decade of Action we must invest in the eradication of poverty social protection in health and fighting pandemics in education energy water and sanitation in sustainable transport and infrastructure and in internet access We must improve governance tackle illicit financial flows stamp out corruption and develop effective common sense and fair taxation systems We must build economies for the future and ensure decent work for all especially young people And we must put a special focus on women and girls because it benefits us all The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform is an opportunity to rethink economic political and social systems from an equality perspective It s time to drive women s equal participation in decision making and end all forms of violence against women and girls We must dismantle obstacles to women s inclusion and participation in the economy including through valuing unpaid care work And we must listen and learn from so many women around the world who have been driving solutions I will convene on an annual basis a platform for driving the Decade of Action The first SDG Action Forum in September will highlight progress and set the trajectory for success So let us make the 2020s the Decade of Action and let us make 2020 the year of urgency And as we do so let us spare no effort to rebuild trust I make a special appeal to all Member States Listen to people Open new channels for all to be heard and find common ground Respect freedom of peaceful assembly and expression Protect civic space and freedom of the press And let us harness the ideas and energy and sense of hope of young people in particular young women demanding change and constructive solutions Fourth to address the dark side of digital world we must steer technology for positive change I see several areas for action starting with the global labor market Automation will displace tens of millions of jobs by 2030 We need to redesign education systems It s not just about learning but learning how to learn across a lifetime We need more innovative approaches to social safety nets and rethinking the concept of work and the lifelong balance among work leisure and other activities We also must usher in order to the Wild West of cyberspace Terrorists white supremacists and others who sow hate are exploiting the internet and social media Both are spreading disinformation fueling polarization and undermining democracies Next year cybercrime will cost 6 trillion Cyberspace itself is at risk of cleaving in two We must work against digital fragmentation by promoting global digital cooperation The United Nations is a tailor made platform for governments business civil society and others to come together to formulate new protocols and norms to define red lines and to build agile and flexible regulatory frameworks Some responses may require legally binding measures Others may be based on voluntary cooperation and the exchange of best practices This includes support for existing processes and institutions like the Open Ended Working Group on information and telecommunications in the context of security and the Group of Government Experts on advancing responsible behavior in cyberspace and within the General Assembly I believe consensus has been built to strengthen the Internet Governance Forum to serve as a central gathering point to discuss and propose effective digital policies Following up on the Report of the High level Panel on Digital Cooperation I will soon present a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation covering internet connectivity human rights trust and security in the age of digital interdependence At the same time we need a common effort to ensure artificial intelligence is a force for good Despite last year s important step within the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons we are still lurching toward a world of killer machines acting outside human judgment or control I have a simple and direct plea to all Member States Ban lethal autonomous weapons now These are the four big threats and four big solutions I see in the year ahead Across this work the promotion and protection of all human rights must be central I am deeply concerned about the different ways in which respect for human rights is being eroded around the world As I have repeatedly underscored the Charter compels us to place people and their rights at the heart of our work That is why next month in Geneva I will launch a call for stepped up global action on human rights and human dignity In order to meet all these challenges we must continue to make the United Nations fit for the challenges of our new age That is why from day one and with your support I have pursued wide ranging reforms rooted in flexibility transparency and accountability In 2020 we will build on our progress Indeed we already began the year with a major success On January 1st for the first time in UN history we achieved gender parity across our senior most ranks of full time Under and Assistant Secretaries General taken together We did it two years ahead of schedule And I plan to keep going ensuring greater inclusion and parity at all levels of the Organization I appeal for your support in removing out dated regulations and byzantine procedures that stand in the way I am equally committed to making 2020 a year of meaningful progress for more equitable geographical distribution and greater regional diversity among staff of the United Nations We have launched a Secretariat wide strategy to do so But as you know reaching gender parity and diversity targets also depends on the ability to fill vacant posts and that largely depends on resources I am also determined to build on our efforts to prevent and end sexual harassment A specialized investigation team in the Office of Internal Oversight Service is already up and running A new sexual harassment policy is being incorporated into respective frameworks across the wider UN family A centralized system wide screening database is in place to deny the ability of sexual harassers to sneak back into the system Our strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse is also advancing including through greater assistance and support to victims In the broadest sense I am determined to make the United Nations a workplace leader in ensuring all staff are respected all have a voice and all are enabled to do their best We are making progress on our new disability inclusion strategy And I am strongly committed to ensuring equality and non discrimination for LGBTI staff in the UN system and our peacekeeping operations The year ahead will be pivotal for our common future I want people around the world to be a part of it Too often governments and international institutions are viewed as places that talk not places that listen I want the United Nations to listen In this 75th anniversary year I want to provide as many people as possible the chance to have a conversation with the United Nations To share their hopes and fears To learn from their experiences To spark ideas for building the future we want and the United Nations we need We are launching surveys and dialogues around the world to do so And we are giving a priority to the voices of young people Together we need to listen And together we need to act At this 75th anniversary milestone let us make the difficult yet vital decisions across our agenda that will secure a peaceful future for all Thank you
    UN Chief rolls out plans to tackle global challenges
     UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres on Wednesday in New York identified four looming threats to world peace and human progress in the 21st century In a broad based and passionate address to the General Assembly he listed them as epic geopolitical tension the climate crisis global mistrust and the downsides of technology Briefing the Assembly on his priorities for 2020 Guterres outlined strategies to tackle the challenges which he described as the four horsemen in our midst To this end he urged member countries to join the UN in providing practical solutions to secure a peaceful future for citizens His full speech bellow Happy New Year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations I draw tremendous strength from all that we represent and all that we have achieved together Yet anniversaries are not about celebrating the past they are about looking ahead We must cast our eyes to the future with hope But we must also do so without illusion Today I want to speak to you in stark and simple terms about the challenges we face I see four horsemen in our midst four looming threats that endanger 21st century progress and imperil 21st century possibilities The first horseman comes in the form of the highest global geostrategic tensions we have witnessed in years Devastating conflicts continue to cause widespread misery Terrorist attacks take a merciless toll The nuclear menace is growing More people have been forced from their homes by war and persecution than at any time since the Second World War Tensions over trade and technology remain unresolved The risk of a Great Fracture is real Second we face an existential climate crisis Rising temperatures continue to melt records The past decade was the hottest on record Scientists tell us that ocean temperatures are now rising at the equivalent of five Hiroshima bombs a second One million species are in near term danger of extinction Our planet is burning Meanwhile as we saw at COP25 too many decision makers continue to fiddle Our world is edging closer to the point of no return The third horseman is deep and growing global mistrust Disquiet and discontent are churning societies from north to south Each situation is unique but everywhere frustration is filling the streets More and more people are convinced globalization is not working for them As one of our own reports revealed just yesterday two of every three people live in countries where inequality has grown Confidence in political establishments is going down Young people are rising up Women are rightly demanding equality and freedom from violence and discrimination At the same time fears and anxieties are spreading Hostility against refugees and migrants is building Hatred is growing The fourth threat is the dark side of the digital world Technological advances are moving faster than our ability to respond to or even comprehend them Despite enormous benefits new technologies are being abused to commit crimes incite hate fake information oppress and exploit people and invade privacy We are not prepared for the profound impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the labour market and the very structure of society Artificial intelligence is generating breathtaking capacities and alarming possibilities Lethal autonomous weapons machines with the power to kill on their own without human judgement and accountability are bringing us into unacceptable moral and political territory These four horsemen epic geopolitical tensions the climate crisis global mistrust and the downsides of technology can jeopardize every aspect of our shared future That is why commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won t do We must address these four 21st century challenges with four 21st century solutions Let me take each in turn First peace and security that I mentioned There are some signs of hope Last year conflict was prevented in the wake of several critical elections from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Madagascar from Mali to the Maldives and beyond Despite hostilities in Yemen the fragile cease fire in Hodeidah is holding A constitutional committee in Syria has taken form even if it is still facing meaningful obstacles A peace agreement in the Central African Republic is being implemented And the recent Berlin conference on Libya brought key players around the peace table at a critical moment committing to refraining from interference in the armed conflict or in the internal affairs of Libya and urging all international actors to do the same All of these efforts require patience and persistence But they are essential and save lives As we look ahead we have our work cut out for us We see Gordian Knots across the world from the Gulf to the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Sahel and Lake Chad to Venezuela Security Council resolutions are being ignored Outside interference is fueling fires And we are at risk of losing pillars of the international disarmament and arms control architecture without viable alternatives Yes the United Nations continues to deliver life saving aid to millions of people in desperate need But temporary relief is no substitute for permanent solutions Prevention must orient all we do as we engage across the peace continuum We must strengthen our mediation capacity and our tools for sustaining peace leading to long term development Our Action for Peacekeeping initiative is enhancing performance and safety We are becoming more effective in the protection of civilians and we have more female peacekeepers than ever before The 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security is also an opportunity to further match words with deeds At the same time we know peacekeeping is not enough where there is no peace to keep We need to create the conditions for effective peace enforcement and counter terrorism operations by our regional partners under chapter VII of the Charter and with predictable funding This is especially true in Africa from the Sahel to Lake Chad And we must focus on the roots of crisis and upheaval combatting the drivers of violence and extremism from exclusion to economic despair from violent misogyny to governance failures Last year I launched first of its kind action plans to combat hate speech and to safeguard religious sites This year I will convene a conference on the role of education in tackling hate speech And we must continue to advance the Agenda for Disarmament I call on all State Parties to work together at the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to ensure the NPT remains able to fulfill its fundamental goals preventing nuclear war and facilitating the elimination of nuclear weapons The second horseman is the threat of climate catastrophe We must respond with the promise of climate action We are at war with nature And nature is fighting back hard One cannot look at the recent fires in Australia at people fleeing their homes and wildlife consumed by the flames without profound sadness at today s plight and fear for what the future may bring Meanwhile air pollution combined with climate change is killing according to the World Health Organization 7 million people every year Gradual approaches are no longer enough At the next climate conference COP26 in Glasgow Governments must deliver the transformational change our world needs and that people demand with much stronger ambition ambition on mitigation ambition on adaptation and ambition on finance Every city region bank pension fund and industry must completely reimagine how they operate to keep temperature rise to 1 5 degrees The scientific community is clear We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 The main obligation rests on the main emitters Those countries that contributed most to this crisis must lead the way If they dither we are doomed But I still believe the climate battle is a battle we can win People get it Technology is on our side Scientists tell us it is not too late Economists and asset managers tell us climate smart investments are the key to competing and winning in the 21st century All the tools and knowledge to move from the grey economy to the green economy are already available So let us embrace transformation let us build on the results of last September s Climate Action Summit and let us make the commitments to make Glasgow a success Together with Glasgow we have two other opportunities to act decisively this year First the Oceans conference in Lisbon in June The world s oceans are under assault from pollution overfishing and much else Plastic waste is tainting not only the fish we eat but also the water we drink and the air we breathe We must use the Lisbon conference to protect the oceans from further abuse and recognize their fundamental role in the health of people and planet For example based on the success of several national initiatives it is time for a global ban on single use plastics Second the Biodiversity conference in Kunming in October The rate of species loss is exponentially higher than at any time in the past 10 million years We must make the most of the Kunming conference to adopt a post 2020 global biodiversity framework Living in harmony with nature is more important than ever Everything is interlinked To help vanquish the third horseman global mistrust we must build a fair globalization We have a plan It s called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and all of your governments pledged to make it a reality The good news is that I hear tremendous enthusiasm for the SDGs wherever I go from political leaders at the national and local levels to entrepreneurs investors civil society and so many others We see concrete progress from reducing child mortality to expanding education from improving access to family planning to increasing access to the internet But what we see is not enough Indeed we are off track At present course half a billion people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2030 And the gender gap in economic participation would have to wait more than 250 years That is unacceptable For all these reasons we are launching a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 The Decade of Action is central to achieving a fair globalization boosting economic growth and preventing conflict We will leverage the reformed United Nations Development System to engage partners from the local to the global To mobilize a movement for the Sustainable Development Goals To unlock financing To generate the ambition innovation and solutions to deliver for everyone everywhere Throughout the Decade of Action we must invest in the eradication of poverty social protection in health and fighting pandemics in education energy water and sanitation in sustainable transport and infrastructure and in internet access We must improve governance tackle illicit financial flows stamp out corruption and develop effective common sense and fair taxation systems We must build economies for the future and ensure decent work for all especially young people And we must put a special focus on women and girls because it benefits us all The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform is an opportunity to rethink economic political and social systems from an equality perspective It s time to drive women s equal participation in decision making and end all forms of violence against women and girls We must dismantle obstacles to women s inclusion and participation in the economy including through valuing unpaid care work And we must listen and learn from so many women around the world who have been driving solutions I will convene on an annual basis a platform for driving the Decade of Action The first SDG Action Forum in September will highlight progress and set the trajectory for success So let us make the 2020s the Decade of Action and let us make 2020 the year of urgency And as we do so let us spare no effort to rebuild trust I make a special appeal to all Member States Listen to people Open new channels for all to be heard and find common ground Respect freedom of peaceful assembly and expression Protect civic space and freedom of the press And let us harness the ideas and energy and sense of hope of young people in particular young women demanding change and constructive solutions Fourth to address the dark side of digital world we must steer technology for positive change I see several areas for action starting with the global labor market Automation will displace tens of millions of jobs by 2030 We need to redesign education systems It s not just about learning but learning how to learn across a lifetime We need more innovative approaches to social safety nets and rethinking the concept of work and the lifelong balance among work leisure and other activities We also must usher in order to the Wild West of cyberspace Terrorists white supremacists and others who sow hate are exploiting the internet and social media Both are spreading disinformation fueling polarization and undermining democracies Next year cybercrime will cost 6 trillion Cyberspace itself is at risk of cleaving in two We must work against digital fragmentation by promoting global digital cooperation The United Nations is a tailor made platform for governments business civil society and others to come together to formulate new protocols and norms to define red lines and to build agile and flexible regulatory frameworks Some responses may require legally binding measures Others may be based on voluntary cooperation and the exchange of best practices This includes support for existing processes and institutions like the Open Ended Working Group on information and telecommunications in the context of security and the Group of Government Experts on advancing responsible behavior in cyberspace and within the General Assembly I believe consensus has been built to strengthen the Internet Governance Forum to serve as a central gathering point to discuss and propose effective digital policies Following up on the Report of the High level Panel on Digital Cooperation I will soon present a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation covering internet connectivity human rights trust and security in the age of digital interdependence At the same time we need a common effort to ensure artificial intelligence is a force for good Despite last year s important step within the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons we are still lurching toward a world of killer machines acting outside human judgment or control I have a simple and direct plea to all Member States Ban lethal autonomous weapons now These are the four big threats and four big solutions I see in the year ahead Across this work the promotion and protection of all human rights must be central I am deeply concerned about the different ways in which respect for human rights is being eroded around the world As I have repeatedly underscored the Charter compels us to place people and their rights at the heart of our work That is why next month in Geneva I will launch a call for stepped up global action on human rights and human dignity In order to meet all these challenges we must continue to make the United Nations fit for the challenges of our new age That is why from day one and with your support I have pursued wide ranging reforms rooted in flexibility transparency and accountability In 2020 we will build on our progress Indeed we already began the year with a major success On January 1st for the first time in UN history we achieved gender parity across our senior most ranks of full time Under and Assistant Secretaries General taken together We did it two years ahead of schedule And I plan to keep going ensuring greater inclusion and parity at all levels of the Organization I appeal for your support in removing out dated regulations and byzantine procedures that stand in the way I am equally committed to making 2020 a year of meaningful progress for more equitable geographical distribution and greater regional diversity among staff of the United Nations We have launched a Secretariat wide strategy to do so But as you know reaching gender parity and diversity targets also depends on the ability to fill vacant posts and that largely depends on resources I am also determined to build on our efforts to prevent and end sexual harassment A specialized investigation team in the Office of Internal Oversight Service is already up and running A new sexual harassment policy is being incorporated into respective frameworks across the wider UN family A centralized system wide screening database is in place to deny the ability of sexual harassers to sneak back into the system Our strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse is also advancing including through greater assistance and support to victims In the broadest sense I am determined to make the United Nations a workplace leader in ensuring all staff are respected all have a voice and all are enabled to do their best We are making progress on our new disability inclusion strategy And I am strongly committed to ensuring equality and non discrimination for LGBTI staff in the UN system and our peacekeeping operations The year ahead will be pivotal for our common future I want people around the world to be a part of it Too often governments and international institutions are viewed as places that talk not places that listen I want the United Nations to listen In this 75th anniversary year I want to provide as many people as possible the chance to have a conversation with the United Nations To share their hopes and fears To learn from their experiences To spark ideas for building the future we want and the United Nations we need We are launching surveys and dialogues around the world to do so And we are giving a priority to the voices of young people Together we need to listen And together we need to act At this 75th anniversary milestone let us make the difficult yet vital decisions across our agenda that will secure a peaceful future for all Thank you
    UN Chief rolls out plans to tackle global challenges
    General news3 years ago

    UN Chief rolls out plans to tackle global challenges

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday in New York identified four “looming threats” to world peace and human progress in the 21st century.

    In a broad-based and passionate address to the General Assembly, he listed them as “epic geopolitical tension, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology.

    Briefing the Assembly on his priorities for 2020, Guterres outlined strategies to tackle the challenges, which he described as the “four horsemen in our midst”.

    To this end, he urged member countries to join the UN in providing practical solutions to secure a peaceful future for citizens.

    His full speech bellow:

     

    Happy New Year.

     

    2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

     

    I draw tremendous strength from all that we represent and all that we have achieved together.

     

    Yet anniversaries are not about celebrating the past; they are about looking ahead.

     

    We must cast our eyes to the future with hope.

     

    But we must also do so without illusion.

     

    Today I want to speak to you in stark and simple terms about the challenges we face.

     

    I see “four horsemen” in our midst — four looming threats that endanger 21st-century progress and imperil 21st-century possibilities.

     

    The first horseman comes in the form of the highest global geostrategic tensions we have witnessed in years.

     

    Devastating conflicts continue to cause widespread misery.  Terrorist attacks take a merciless toll.  The nuclear menace is growing.  More people have been forced from their homes by war and persecution than at any time since the Second World War.  Tensions over trade and technology remain unresolved.  The risk of a Great Fracture is real. 

     

    Second, we face an existential climate crisis.

     

    Rising temperatures continue to melt records.  The past decade was the hottest on record.  Scientists tell us that ocean temperatures are now rising at the equivalent of five Hiroshima bombs a second. 

     

    One million species are in near-term danger of extinction.   

     

    Our planet is burning.

     

    Meanwhile, as we saw at COP25, too many decision-makers continue to fiddle.

     

    Our world is edging closer to the point of no return.

     

    The third horseman is deep and growing global mistrust.

     

    Disquiet and discontent are churning societies from north to south.

     

    Each situation is unique, but everywhere frustration is filling the streets.

     

    More and more people are convinced globalization is not working for them.

     

    As one of our own reports revealed just yesterday, two of every three people live in countries where inequality has grown.

     

    Confidence in political establishments is going down. 

     

    Young people are rising up.

     

    Women are rightly demanding equality and freedom from violence and discrimination.

     

    At the same time, fears and anxieties are spreading.  Hostility against refugees and migrants is building.  Hatred is growing.

     

    The fourth threat is the dark side of the digital world.

     

    Technological advances are moving faster than our ability to respond to – or even comprehend – them.

     

    Despite enormous benefits, new technologies are being abused to commit crimes, incite hate, fake information, oppress and exploit people and invade privacy.

     

    We are not prepared for the profound impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the labour market and the very structure of society. 

     

    Artificial intelligence is generating breathtaking capacities and alarming possibilities.  Lethal autonomous weapons — machines with the power to kill on their own, without human judgement and accountability — are bringing us into unacceptable moral and political territory. 

     

    These four horsemen – epic geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology – can jeopardize every aspect of our shared future.

     

    That is why commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won’t do. 

               

    We must address these four 21st-century challenges with four 21st-century solutions.

     

    Let me take each in turn.

     

    First, peace and security, that I mentioned.

     

    There are some signs of hope.

     

    Last year, conflict was prevented in the wake of several critical elections, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Madagascar …from Mali to the Maldives and beyond.

     

    Despite hostilities in Yemen, the fragile cease-fire in Hodeidah is holding.

     

    A constitutional committee in Syria has taken form, even if it is still facing meaningful obstacles.

     

    A peace agreement in the Central African Republic is being implemented.

     

    And the recent Berlin conference on Libya brought key players around the peace table at a critical moment, committing to “refraining from interference in the armed conflict or in the internal affairs of Libya” and urging “all international actors to do the same”.

     

    All of these efforts require patience and persistence.  But they are essential and save lives.

     

    As we look ahead, we have our work cut out for us. 

     

    We see Gordian Knots across the world — from the Gulf to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the Sahel and Lake Chad to Venezuela.

     

    Security Council resolutions are being ignored.

     

    Outside interference is fueling fires.

     

    And we are at risk of losing pillars of the international disarmament and arms control [architecture] without viable alternatives.

     

    Yes, the United Nations continues to deliver life-saving aid to millions of people in desperate need.

     

    But temporary relief is no substitute for permanent solutions.

     

    Prevention must orient all we do as we engage across the peace continuum.

     

    We must strengthen our mediation capacity and our tools for sustaining peace, leading to long-term development.

     

    Our Action for Peacekeeping initiative is enhancing performance and safety. 

     

    We are becoming more effective in the protection of civilians, and we have more female peacekeepers than ever before. 

     

    The 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is also an opportunity to further match words with deeds.

     

    At the same time, we know peacekeeping is not enough where there is no peace to keep. 

     

    We need to create the conditions for effective peace enforcement and counter-terrorism operations by our regional partners, under chapter VII of the Charter and with predictable funding.

     

    This is especially true in Africa, from the Sahel to Lake Chad.

     

    And we must focus on the roots of crisis and upheaval — combatting the drivers of violence and extremism – from exclusion to economic despair, from violent misogyny to governance failures.

     

    Last year, I launched first-of-its-kind action plans to combat hate speech and to safeguard religious sites. 

     

    This year, I will convene a conference on the role of education in tackling hate speech. 

     

    And we must continue to advance the Agenda for Disarmament.  I call on all State Parties to work together at the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to ensure the NPT remains able to fulfill its fundamental goals – preventing nuclear war and facilitating the elimination of nuclear weapons. 

     

    The second “horseman” is the threat of climate catastrophe.  We must respond with the promise of climate action. 

     

    We are at war with nature.  And nature is fighting back hard.

     

    One cannot look at the recent fires in Australia – at people fleeing their homes and wildlife consumed by the flames – without profound sadness at today’s plight and fear for what the future may bring. 

     

    Meanwhile, air pollution combined with climate change is killing, according to the World Health Organization, 7 million people every year.

     

    Gradual approaches are no longer enough.

     

    At the next climate conference — COP26 in Glasgow – Governments must deliver the transformational change our world needs and that people demand, with much stronger ambition – ambition on mitigation, ambition on adaptation, and ambition on finance.

     

    Every city, region, bank, pension fund and industry must completely reimagine how they operate to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

     

    The scientific community is clear.  We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2050.

     

    The main obligation rests on the main emitters. 

     

    Those countries that contributed most to this crisis must lead the way.

     

    If they dither, we are doomed. 

     

    But I still believe the climate battle is a battle we can win.

     

    People get it.

     

    Technology is on our side. 

     

    Scientists tell us it is not too late.

     

    Economists and asset managers tell us climate smart investments are the key to competing and winning in the 21st century.

     

    All the tools and knowledge to move from the grey economy to the green economy are already available.

     

    So let us embrace transformation – let us build on the results of last September’s Climate Action Summit — and let us make the commitments to make Glasgow a success.

     

    Together with Glasgow, we have two other opportunities to act decisively this year.

     

    First, the Oceans conference in Lisbon in June. 

     

    The world’s oceans are under assault from pollution, overfishing and much else. 

     

    Plastic waste is tainting not only the fish we eat but also the water we drink and the air we breathe.

     

    We must use the Lisbon conference to protect the oceans from further abuse and recognize their fundamental role in the health of people and planet.

     

    For example, based on the success of several national initiatives, it is time for a global ban on single-use plastics.

     

    Second, the Biodiversity conference in Kunming in October. 

     

    The rate of species loss is exponentially higher than at any time in the past 10 million years.

     

    We must make the most of the Kunming conference to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

     

    Living in harmony with nature is more important than ever.

     

    Everything is interlinked. 

     

    To help vanquish the third horseman — global mistrust —we must build a fair globalization. 

     

    We have a plan.  It’s called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and all of your governments pledged to make it a reality.

     

    The good news is that I hear tremendous enthusiasm for the SDGs wherever I go —from political leaders at the national and local levels, to entrepreneurs, investors, civil society and so many others.

     

    We see concrete progress – from reducing child mortality to expanding education, from improving access to family planning to increasing access to the internet.

     

    But what we see is not enough.

     

    Indeed, we are off track.

     

    At present course, half a billion people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2030.

     

    And the gender gap in economic participation would have to wait more than 250 years! 

     

    That is unacceptable.

     

    For all these reasons, we are launching a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

     

    The Decade of Action is central to achieving a fair globalization, boosting economic growth and preventing conflict.

     

    We will leverage the reformed United Nations Development System to engage partners from the local to the global:

     

    To mobilize a movement for the Sustainable Development Goals.

     

    To unlock financing.

     

    To generate the ambition, innovation and solutions to deliver for everyone, everywhere.

     

    Throughout the Decade of Action, we must invest in the eradication of poverty, social protection, in health and fighting pandemics, in education, energy, water and sanitation, in sustainable transport and infrastructure and in internet access.

     

    We must improve governance, tackle illicit financial flows, stamp out corruption and develop effective, common sense and fair taxation systems.

     

    We must build economies for the future and ensure decent work for all, especially young people.

     

    And we must put a special focus on women and girls because it benefits us all.

     

    The 25th  anniversary of the Beijing Platform is an opportunity to rethink economic, political and social systems from an equality perspective. 

     

    It’s time to drive women’s equal participation in decision-making and end all forms of violence against women and girls. 

     

    We must dismantle obstacles to women’s inclusion and participation in the economy, including through valuing unpaid care work.

     

    And we must listen and learn from so many women around the world who have been driving solutions.

     

    I will convene, on an annual basis, a platform for driving the Decade of Action.

     

    The first SDG Action Forum in September will highlight progress and set the trajectory for success.

     

    So let us make the 2020s the Decade of Action and let us make 2020 the year of urgency.

     

    And, as we do so, let us spare no effort to rebuild trust.

     

    I make a special appeal to all Member States: 

     

    Listen to people. 

     

    Open new channels for all to be heard and find common ground. 

     

    Respect freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

     

    Protect civic space and freedom of the press.

     

    And let us harness the ideas and energy and sense of hope of young people —in particular young women — demanding change and constructive solutions.

     

    Fourth, to address the dark side of digital world, we must steer technology for positive change.

     

    I see several areas for action — starting with the global labor market.

     

    Automation will displace tens of millions of jobs by 2030.

     

    We need to redesign education systems. It’s not just about learning but learning how to learn, across a lifetime.

     

    We need more innovative approaches to social safety nets and rethinking the concept of work, and the lifelong balance among work, leisure and other activities.

     

    We also must usher in order to the Wild West of cyberspace.

     

    Terrorists, white supremacists and others who sow hate are exploiting the internet and social media.

     

    Both are spreading disinformation, fueling polarization and undermining democracies.

      

    Next year, cybercrime will cost $6 trillion.

     

    Cyberspace itself is at risk of cleaving in two. 

     

    We must work against digital fragmentation by promoting global digital cooperation.

     

    The United Nations is a tailor-made platform for governments, business, civil society and others to come together to formulate new protocols and norms, to define red-lines, and to build agile and flexible regulatory frameworks.

     

    Some responses may require legally-binding measures.

     

    Others may be based on voluntary cooperation and the exchange of best practices.

     

    This includes support for existing processes and institutions like the Open-Ended Working Group on information and telecommunications in the context of security, and the Group of Government Experts on advancing responsible behavior in cyberspace and within the General Assembly.

     

    I believe consensus has been built to strengthen the Internet Governance Forum to serve as a central gathering point to discuss and propose effective digital policies.

     

    Following up on the Report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, I will soon present a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation covering internet connectivity, human rights, trust and security in the age of digital interdependence.

     

    At the same time, we need a common effort to ensure artificial intelligence is a force for good.

     

    Despite last year’s important step within the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, we are still lurching toward a world of killer machines acting outside human judgment or control.

     

    I have a simple and direct plea to all Member States:  Ban lethal autonomous weapons now.  

     

    These are the four big threats — and four big solutions I see in the year ahead.

     

    Across this work, the promotion and protection of all human rights must be central.  I am deeply concerned about the different ways in which respect for human rights is being eroded around the world. 

    As I have repeatedly underscored, the Charter compels us to place people and their rights at the heart of our work. That is why, next month in Geneva, I will launch a call for stepped up global action on human rights and human dignity.

     

    In order to meet all these challenges, we must continue to make the United Nations fit for the challenges of our new age.

     

    That is why from day one, and with your support, I have pursued wide-ranging reforms rooted in flexibility, transparency and accountability.

     

    In 2020, we will build on our progress.

     

    Indeed, we already began the year with a major success.

     

    On January 1st — for the first time in UN history — we achieved gender parity across our senior-most ranks of full-time Under-and Assistant-Secretaries-General taken together. 

     

    We did it two years ahead of schedule.

     

    And I plan to keep going — ensuring greater inclusion and parity at all levels of the Organization. 

     

    I appeal for your support in removing out-dated regulations and byzantine procedures that stand in the way. 

     

    I am equally committed to making 2020 a year of meaningful progress for more equitable geographical distribution and greater regional diversity among staff of the United Nations. 

     

    We have launched a Secretariat-wide strategy to do so. 

     

    But, as you know, reaching gender parity and diversity targets also depends on the ability to fill vacant posts — and that largely depends on resources.

     

    I am also determined to build on our efforts to prevent and end sexual harassment. 

     

    A specialized investigation team in the Office of Internal Oversight Service is already up and running. 

     

    A new sexual harassment policy is being incorporated into respective frameworks across the wider UN family.

     

    A centralized, system-wide screening database is in place to deny the ability of sexual harassers to sneak back into the system.

     

    Our strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse is also advancing, including through greater assistance and support to victims.

     

    In the broadest sense, I am determined to make the United Nations a workplace leader in ensuring all staff are respected, all have a voice, and all are enabled to do their best.

     

    We are making progress on our new disability inclusion strategy.

     

    And I am strongly committed to ensuring equality and non-discrimination for LGBTI staff in the UN system and our peacekeeping operations. 

     

    The year ahead will be pivotal for our common future.  I want people around the world to be a part of it. 

     

    Too often, governments and international institutions are viewed as places that talk —not places that listen.

     

    I want the United Nations to listen. 

     

    In this 75th anniversary year, I want to provide as many people as possible the chance to have a conversation with the United Nations.

     

    To share their hopes and fears.

     

    To learn from their experiences.

     

    To spark ideas for building the future we want and the United Nations we need.

     

    We are launching surveys and dialogues around the world to do so.

     

    And we are giving a priority to the voices of young people.

     

    Together, we need to listen.

     

    And together, we need to act.

     

    At this 75th anniversary milestone, let us make the difficult yet vital decisions across our agenda that will secure a peaceful future for all.

     

    Thank you.

     

  •  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said the Islamic republic will leave the Non Proliferation Treaty NPT in case the nuclear case of the country is sent to the UN Security Council If the Europeans continue their unjustifiable behaviour or send Iran s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council Iran will leave the NPT Zarif was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency The remarks by the Iranian foreign minister followed the recently move of the three European countries of Britain France and German as they announced they had taken a step to trigger the dispute mechanism with Iran in response to Tehran s back off the nuclear commitments over the past months In Nov 2018 Iran informed Europeans that following the exit of the U S from the Iranian 2015 landmark nuclear deal Iran triggered the dispute mechanism and concluded it Therefore the Europeans move to re trigger the mechanism is by no means legal Zarif added The Iranian foreign minister stressed that in case the Europeans try to do another measure Iran will consider the quit of the NPT Under the 2015 nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of western and UN sanctions However U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in May 2018 and slapped old and new sanctions against Iran Trump urged for new deal with the aim of more limits in Iran s nuclear program Iran dismissed the U S calls and since May 2019 started to reduce commitments to the accord and recently announced that its had given up all the practical measures pertaining to the JCPOA Presently Iran is only bound to the IAEA s supervisory measures enshrined by the NPT which Tehran accepted to undertake in 2015 Zarif noted that Iran would re embrace its nuclear commitments if the Europeans honour their own obligations and helped Iran reap economic interests that the nuclear deal safeguarded Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza
    Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UN Security Council
     Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said the Islamic republic will leave the Non Proliferation Treaty NPT in case the nuclear case of the country is sent to the UN Security Council If the Europeans continue their unjustifiable behaviour or send Iran s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council Iran will leave the NPT Zarif was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency The remarks by the Iranian foreign minister followed the recently move of the three European countries of Britain France and German as they announced they had taken a step to trigger the dispute mechanism with Iran in response to Tehran s back off the nuclear commitments over the past months In Nov 2018 Iran informed Europeans that following the exit of the U S from the Iranian 2015 landmark nuclear deal Iran triggered the dispute mechanism and concluded it Therefore the Europeans move to re trigger the mechanism is by no means legal Zarif added The Iranian foreign minister stressed that in case the Europeans try to do another measure Iran will consider the quit of the NPT Under the 2015 nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of western and UN sanctions However U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in May 2018 and slapped old and new sanctions against Iran Trump urged for new deal with the aim of more limits in Iran s nuclear program Iran dismissed the U S calls and since May 2019 started to reduce commitments to the accord and recently announced that its had given up all the practical measures pertaining to the JCPOA Presently Iran is only bound to the IAEA s supervisory measures enshrined by the NPT which Tehran accepted to undertake in 2015 Zarif noted that Iran would re embrace its nuclear commitments if the Europeans honour their own obligations and helped Iran reap economic interests that the nuclear deal safeguarded Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza
    Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UN Security Council
    Foreign3 years ago

    Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UN Security Council

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said the Islamic republic will leave the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in case the nuclear case of the country is sent to the UN Security Council.

    “If the Europeans continue their unjustifiable behaviour or send Iran’s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council, Iran will leave the NPT,’’ Zarif was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

    The remarks by the Iranian foreign minister followed the recently move of the three European countries of Britain, France and German as they announced they had taken a step to trigger the dispute mechanism with Iran in response to Tehran’s back-off the nuclear commitments over the past months.

    “In Nov. 2018, Iran informed Europeans that following the exit of the U.S. from the Iranian 2015 landmark nuclear deal, Iran triggered the dispute mechanism and concluded it.

    “Therefore, the Europeans move to re-trigger the mechanism is by no means legal,’’ Zarif added.

    The Iranian foreign minister stressed that “in case the Europeans try to do another measure, Iran will consider the quit of the NPT.”

    Under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of western and UN sanctions.

    However, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in May 2018 and slapped old and new sanctions against Iran.

    Trump urged for new deal with the aim of more limits in Iran’s nuclear program.

    Iran dismissed the U.S. calls and, since May 2019, started to reduce commitments to the accord and recently announced that its had given up all the “practical measures” pertaining to the JCPOA.

    Presently, Iran is only bound to the IAEA’s supervisory measures enshrined by the NPT which Tehran accepted to undertake in 2015.

    Zarif noted that Iran would re-embrace its nuclear commitments if the Europeans honour their own obligations and helped Iran reap economic interests that the nuclear deal safeguarded.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Sadiya Hamza

  •   Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has pledged the Support of the Nigerian government towards to the global efforts on elimination of Nuclear Weapons stressing that Nigeria supports the International call for nuclear disarmament Onyeama made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the two day Regional Workshop on Expanding Access to Peaceful Uses under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Framework The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop was in preparatory to the NPT at 50 Review Conference which would hold in New York in 2020 and the reflections The meeting will also focus on the reflections by Argentina in the 2020 NPT Review Conference Onyeama who was represented by Amb Mustapha Sulaiman Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Nigeria was deeply committed to the core principle of fostering the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes Onyeama said that the principle of use of nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes was anchored on the third pillar of the Non Proliferation Treaty According to him Nigeria is committed to strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA safeguard systems Our role is to work hand in hand with the States and the signatories to the Treaty wherever and whenever possible to bridge the differences that may arise To return to a common vision and to thread the path leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and further progress on the Nuclear disarmament verification is essential to attain and sustain a world without nuclear weopns Nigeria is equally committed to the further successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA with Iran This demonstrate concretely that diplomacy can successfully advance the NPT objectives when supported by a broad consensus Nigeria welcomes the IAEA s continued activities to monitor and verify Iran s implementation of its JCPAO commitments It is of course critical to ensure that nuclear weapons are used in ways that benefit mankind and in accordance with global best practices This calls for action to mitigate potentially negative consequences of nuclear weapons Onyeama said Onyeama said that the theme of the forum was timely as the world was witnessing a steady deterioration of the international security environment He said that now was a moment of historic transition and countries owe it to themselves to reflect on the fifty years of the treaty urging countries to strive for more cooperation in arms control and less weaponry In her remarks Mrs Luz Melon Deputy Representative of Argentina to the IAEA said that workshop creates a platform and opportunities to exchange perspectives informations and ideas on how to bring the norm of the NPT to the greater benefits of our societies Melon said that the review Conference was also coming at a time of growing concerns and uncertainties national and regional expectations on the use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes As we near the time the whole of the international communities will come together to assess the implementation of the treaty for the past five years and to agree on a way forward for the next five to fifty years Hopefully we will be thinking of the medium term and peaceful cooperation in the future The review conference is in the hands of the parties we can only offer very modestly leadership and we can only facilitate opportunities so that the agreements can be reached And decisions can be made that will bring us forward for another fifty years of nuclear cooperation for peaceful uses and to strengthen each of the pillars and aspects of the treaty The challenges in the international context cannot be ignored at the same time they make it imperative for the conference to find a solid ground for progress in all matters covering the treaty Following the debates we had in the last months in Vienna and Geneva and New York the president designate was convinced we need to get into a dialogue into a consensus building mind frame To ensure result in 2020 that is sustainable that is transparent and it is a forward looking basis to renew our commitments to the NPT Let me also underscore the important role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in facilitating access to and ensuring that the nuclear materials remain in peaceful uses with the assistance of all of us Melon said Edited by Felix Ajide NAN Related
    Nigeria supports global efforts on elimination of Nuclear weapons
      Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has pledged the Support of the Nigerian government towards to the global efforts on elimination of Nuclear Weapons stressing that Nigeria supports the International call for nuclear disarmament Onyeama made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the two day Regional Workshop on Expanding Access to Peaceful Uses under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Framework The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop was in preparatory to the NPT at 50 Review Conference which would hold in New York in 2020 and the reflections The meeting will also focus on the reflections by Argentina in the 2020 NPT Review Conference Onyeama who was represented by Amb Mustapha Sulaiman Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Nigeria was deeply committed to the core principle of fostering the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes Onyeama said that the principle of use of nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes was anchored on the third pillar of the Non Proliferation Treaty According to him Nigeria is committed to strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA safeguard systems Our role is to work hand in hand with the States and the signatories to the Treaty wherever and whenever possible to bridge the differences that may arise To return to a common vision and to thread the path leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and further progress on the Nuclear disarmament verification is essential to attain and sustain a world without nuclear weopns Nigeria is equally committed to the further successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA with Iran This demonstrate concretely that diplomacy can successfully advance the NPT objectives when supported by a broad consensus Nigeria welcomes the IAEA s continued activities to monitor and verify Iran s implementation of its JCPAO commitments It is of course critical to ensure that nuclear weapons are used in ways that benefit mankind and in accordance with global best practices This calls for action to mitigate potentially negative consequences of nuclear weapons Onyeama said Onyeama said that the theme of the forum was timely as the world was witnessing a steady deterioration of the international security environment He said that now was a moment of historic transition and countries owe it to themselves to reflect on the fifty years of the treaty urging countries to strive for more cooperation in arms control and less weaponry In her remarks Mrs Luz Melon Deputy Representative of Argentina to the IAEA said that workshop creates a platform and opportunities to exchange perspectives informations and ideas on how to bring the norm of the NPT to the greater benefits of our societies Melon said that the review Conference was also coming at a time of growing concerns and uncertainties national and regional expectations on the use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes As we near the time the whole of the international communities will come together to assess the implementation of the treaty for the past five years and to agree on a way forward for the next five to fifty years Hopefully we will be thinking of the medium term and peaceful cooperation in the future The review conference is in the hands of the parties we can only offer very modestly leadership and we can only facilitate opportunities so that the agreements can be reached And decisions can be made that will bring us forward for another fifty years of nuclear cooperation for peaceful uses and to strengthen each of the pillars and aspects of the treaty The challenges in the international context cannot be ignored at the same time they make it imperative for the conference to find a solid ground for progress in all matters covering the treaty Following the debates we had in the last months in Vienna and Geneva and New York the president designate was convinced we need to get into a dialogue into a consensus building mind frame To ensure result in 2020 that is sustainable that is transparent and it is a forward looking basis to renew our commitments to the NPT Let me also underscore the important role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in facilitating access to and ensuring that the nuclear materials remain in peaceful uses with the assistance of all of us Melon said Edited by Felix Ajide NAN Related
    Nigeria supports global efforts on elimination of Nuclear weapons
    Foreign3 years ago

    Nigeria supports global efforts on elimination of Nuclear weapons

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has pledged the Support of the Nigerian government towards to the global efforts on elimination of Nuclear Weapons, stressing that Nigeria supports the International call for nuclear disarmament.

    Onyeama made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the two-day Regional Workshop on Expanding Access to Peaceful Uses under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Framework.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop was in preparatory to the NPT at 50 Review Conference, which would hold in New York in 2020 and the reflections.

    The meeting will also focus on the reflections by Argentina in the  2020 NPT Review Conference.

    Onyeama, who was represented by Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Nigeria was deeply committed to the core principle of fostering the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

    Onyeama said that the principle of use of nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes was anchored on the third pillar of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    According to him, Nigeria is committed to strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguard systems.

    Our role is to work hand in hand with the States and the signatories to the Treaty wherever and whenever possible, to bridge the differences that may arise.

    To return to a common vision and to thread the path leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and further progress on the Nuclear disarmament verification is essential to attain and sustain a world without nuclear weopns.

    Nigeria is equally committed to the further successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.

    This demonstrate concretely that diplomacy can successfully advance the NPT objectives when supported by a broad consensus.

    Nigeria welcomes the IAEA’s continued activities to monitor and verify Iran’s implementation of its JCPAO  commitments.

    It is of course critical to ensure that nuclear weapons are used in ways that benefit mankind and in accordance with global best practices.

    This calls for action to mitigate potentially negative consequences of nuclear weapons,” Onyeama said.

    Onyeama said that the theme of the forum was timely as the world was witnessing a steady deterioration of the international security environment.

    He said that now was a moment of historic transition and countries owe it to themselves to reflect on the fifty years of the treaty, urging countries to strive for more cooperation in arms control and less weaponry.

    In her remarks, Mrs Luz Melon, Deputy Representative of Argentina to the IAEA, said that workshop creates a platform and opportunities to exchange perspectives, informations and ideas on how to bring the norm of the NPT to the greater benefits of our societies.

    Melon said that the review Conference was also coming at a time of growing concerns and uncertainties, national and regional expectations on the use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

    As we near the time, the whole of the international communities will come together to assess the implementation of the treaty for the past five years and to agree on a way forward for the next five to fifty years.

    Hopefully, we will be thinking of the medium term and peaceful cooperation in the future.

    The review conference is in the hands of the parties, we can only offer very modestly leadership and we can only facilitate opportunities so that the agreements can be reached.

    And decisions can be made that will bring us forward for another fifty years of nuclear cooperation for peaceful uses and to strengthen each of the pillars and aspects of the treaty.

    “The challenges in the international context cannot be ignored, at the same time, they make it imperative for the conference to find a solid ground for progress in all matters covering the treaty

    Following the debates we had in the last months in Vienna and Geneva, and New York, the president designate was convinced we need to get into a dialogue, into a consensus building mind frame.

    To ensure result in 2020 that is sustainable, that is transparent and it is a forward looking basis to renew our commitments to the NPT.

    Let me also underscore the important role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in facilitating access to and ensuring that the nuclear materials remain in peaceful uses with the assistance of all of us,” Melon said.

    Edited by: Felix Ajide
    (NAN)
    Related