UN Secretary General Reminds the World of the Importance of Disarmament

By Alyn Ware

On May 24, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres released a video message highlighting the importance of disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament.

Today the global security environment is threatened from many sides‘ said Mr Guterres. ‘Regional nuclear challenges persist. And tensions between nuclear armed rivals have intensified.’

Countries continue to prepare for war in space. And they continue to develop new weapon tehnologies including through cyber means, artificial intelligence and hypersonic weapons that could attack at unprecedented speed.’UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres releases a video message on May 24 highlighting the importance of disarmament.
The video was released on the first anniversary of the launch of Securing our common future: An agenda for disarmament, in which the UNSG highlights key disarmament objectives, makes the links between disarmament and achieving the sustainable development goals, and advances common security approaches to international conflicts in order to enable countries to disarm without jeopardising their security. 

States need to build security through diplomacy and dialogue, not by building new weapons,’ said Mr Guterres in his video message. ‘In our turbulent world, disarmament is the path to preventing conflict and sustaining peace. We must act without delay.’

PNND Engagement with the UNSG’s Initiative

On May 24, 2018, in connection with International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament and the launch of Securing our common future, PNND women members from around the world released a joint appeal Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world calling on governments, parliaments and civil society to act together to implement the UNSG’s disarmament agenda.

The parliamentarians also noted that: The United Nations was established with an array of mechanisms through which nations can resolve conflicts, negotiate disarmament and achieve security through diplomacy not war. These have been supplemented by additional common security mechanisms such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

We urge governments to make better use of these common security mechanisms, and especially to replace reliance on nuclear deterrence with reliance on common security.

PNND is now working on a new initiative with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Parliamentarians for Global Action, Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, World Future Council and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy to build parliamentary action and cooperation on implementation of the UNSG’s disarmament agenda.

Contact PNND head office for details.

International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament 2019 International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament 2019 was commemorated by a number of actions around the world including by a Joint Letter from Women’s Organisations calling on President Trump, President Moon and Chairman Kim to End the Korean War.

The letter calls, in particular on the leaders to:

End the Korean War and declare a new era of peace. The failure to agree on a peaceful settlement to the war is the root cause of conflict today. Taking military conflict off the table is the single most effective trust-building measure you can take. 

Halt all escalatory military exercises and weapons testing. Contrary to commitments made in Panmunjom and Singapore, US-ROK war drills have resumed, and the DPRK has subsequently engaged in weapons testing. Such measures are destabilizing and directly undermine the necessary conditions for dialogue.

Resume dialogue toward the demilitarization of the Korean Peninsula and region, and the removal of sanctions, which harm vulnerable citizens and threaten future generations.

The letter was organized by Women Cross DMZ, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace.

Alyn Ware is the Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.

This letter appeared in the latest news (week of May 27) at
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)

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