Ban Ki-moon urges action without delay to achieve nuclear disarmament

September 26, 2015

The UN Secretary-General said today that the consequences of the reuse of nuclear weapons, intentionally or by mistake, “would be dire” and added that action must be taken without delay to achieve nuclear disarmament.

“The elimination of nuclear weapons would also free up huge amounts of resources that could be used to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” stressed Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Ban recalled that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of a nuclear weapon in war.

He added that, despite the fact that such weapons have not been used again in seven decades, “the only absolute guarantee that these weapons will never be used again is their total elimination.”

The UN Minister also highlighted that divisions between states have so far prevented reaching a world without nuclear weapons, and therefore urged all countries to collaborate constructively to move towards that goal.

September 26, 2015

The UN Secretary-General said today that the consequences of the reuse of nuclear weapons, intentionally or by mistake, “would be dire” and added that action must be taken without delay to achieve nuclear disarmament.

“The elimination of nuclear weapons would also free up huge amounts of resources that could be used to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” stressed Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Ban recalled that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of a nuclear weapon in war.

He added that, despite the fact that such weapons have not been used again in seven decades, “the only absolute guarantee that these weapons will never be used again is their total elimination.”

The UN Minister also highlighted that divisions between states have so far prevented reaching a world without nuclear weapons, and therefore urged all countries to collaborate constructively to move towards that goal.