UN chief urges more efforts to stop proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

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UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for intensified efforts to remove the threat posed by proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Ban made the appeal in a message to mark the tenth anniversary of UN Resolution 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, saying the resolution having become an important component of the global security architecture since its adoption a decade ago.

Adopted unanimously by the Security Council on April 28, 2004, Resolution 1540 requires the governments around the world to prevent non-state actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as well as their means of delivery.

The resolution also requires all states to establish various types of domestic controls to prevent the proliferation of such weapons and their related materials. A special committee was also established to report to the Council on the implementation of the resolution.

Ban urged all states and stakeholders to “reaffirm their common commitment to achieve the great goals of this resolution” and to devote their “utmost efforts” to save present and future generations from the double threats posed by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

In a separate video message, the UN chief noted that weapons of mass destruction have no constructive role in the modern world. ” There are no right hands for these wrong weapons.”

Ban pointed out that the use of poison gas in Syria was an ” alarming” reminder of the continuing threat of such lethal weapons.

“This is despite global efforts to prohibit their use, prevent their proliferation and eliminate them all,” he said. “It is particularly important to prevent terrorists (from) acquiring nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

“The safety and security of everyone is at stake,” he stressed.

Over the past decade, member states have enacted a large number of relevant laws and deployed a wide range of appropriate measures to implement key requirements of the resolution.

According to the UN, nearly 90 percent of member states have submitted national reports on measures taken or planned to be taken to implement the requirements of the resolution. PNA

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