UN’s Ban Ki-moon releases message on 10th anniversary of resolution 1540

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Security Council resolution 1540, which requires Governments to prevent non-State actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to all States and other key actors :to intensify efforts to stop the proliferation of these devastating weapons.”

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has been addressed by the United Nations in a number of ways including through a process initiated by the Security Council in its resolution 1540 (2004), unanimously adopted on 28 April 2004. Security Council resolution 1540 established a programme of action to prevent non-State actors, in particular terrorists, from proliferating nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery.

Ban said “the use of poison gas in Syria was an alarming reminder of the continuing threat of weapons of mass destruction. This is despite global efforts to prohibit their use, prevent their proliferation and eliminate them all. It is particularly important to prevent terrorists acquiring nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.”

He said “the safety and security of everyone is at stake. Weapons of mass destruction have no constructive role in the modern world. There are no right hands for these wrong weapons.”

The day after the commemoration of the anniversary, a day of remembrance for victims of chemical warfare is celebrated.

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Wapons inspectors visiting destroyed site

SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The use of poison gas in Syria was an alarming reminder of the continuing threat of weapons of mass destruction. This is despite global efforts to prohibit their use, prevent their proliferation and eliminate them all. It is particularly important to prevent terrorists acquiring nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. That is why the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1540 which seeks to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their acquisition by non-state actors.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“This year marks the resolution’s 10th anniversary. Member States have worked consistently to implement its key requirements. The United Nations has built strong alliances in support of its objectives, Today, I appeal to all states and other key actors to intensify efforts to stop the proliferation of these devastating weapons. The safety and security of everyone is at stake. Weapons of mass destruction have no constructive role in the modern world. There are no right hands for these wrong weapons.”

SOURCE: CIHAN