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The pursuit of disarmament is as vital today as it was when Norman Kirk and David Lange proclaimed New Zealands opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear testing in the Pacific.
The Conference on Disarmament (CD) presided over by Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, on Friday (16 February 2018), adopted a Decision to establish five subsidiary bodies to discuss all items in its agenda, with a view to advance the substantive work of the Conference.
Turning to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), he expressed regret that it had fallen short of expectations in fulfilling its raison detre of nuclear disarmament.
It is indispensable for any initiative on nuclear disarmament to take into account the vital security considerations of each and every State.
The two sides had a detailed, constructive and candid exchange of views on a wide range of issues encompassing the state of multilateral disarmament machinery, current trends in the global disarmament discourse and emerging threats to strategic stability at the global level as well as in their respective regions
We are happy that this important committee is being held under the guidance of a wise and experienced diplomat from Algeria whose dedicated service to the cause of disarmament is well-known.
in a profoundly negative statement, delivered by a junior British diplomat, "While we are encouraged by the increased energy and enthusiasm around the nuclear disarmament debate, we regret that this energy is being directed toward initiatives such as this High Level Meeting, the humanitarian consequences campaign, the Open-Ended Working Group and the push for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
If an international organization could have what resembles DNA, the UN's 'triple helix' would arguably consist of disarmament, the 'regulation of armaments' (often called 'arms control'), and its basic Charter-based norms for the peaceful settlement of disputes and against the threat or use of force.
The German Ambassador hit the nail on the head when he stressed that it was far from rewarding to engage in debates -- as has become customary -- about whether the CD was the only standing multilateral forum mandated to negotiate new agreements on disarmament and non-proliferation.
It contains extensive annexes on the implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements and a chronology of events during the year in the area of security and arms control.
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (IHT/Asahi as translated from the Japanese-language Asahi Shimbun's editorial published Sept.