Disarmament Week, OCT 24-30

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The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

The annual UN observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, aims to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

In 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B, 12 December 1995). It invited the Secretary-General to continue using United Nations information entities as widely as possible, to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament problems, and the aims of the Week.

26 September 2013: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament –
In its Resolution 67/39 the General Assemble “decides to convene a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament, that will be held as a one day plenary meeting on 26 September 2013, to contribute to achieving the goal of nuclear disarmament”.

“It is of particular significance that the largest arms-exporting country in the world, the United States, is now also among those countries who have committed themselves to a global regulation of the arms trade,” a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry signing the treaty.”

Arms Trade Treaty: This year during the annual United Nations Treaty Event – , much of the attention was focused on the Arms Trade Treaty, which was signed by 27 countries – including the United States – and ratified by three, bringing the total number of signatures to 113 and the total number of parties to seven.

Read more: UNODA

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