Countries sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

admin   •   September 21, 2017   •   4614

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. via REUTERS

Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

“Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, I now declare the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons open for signature,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.

“There remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children’s future,” said Guterres.

“Today we rightfully celebrate a milestone. Now we must continue along the hard road towards the elimination of nuclear arsenals.”

The United States, Britain, and France are among nine countries believed to have nuclear weapons.

“We regret the fact that those who still who use nuclear weapons as part of their security deterrence status have decided as of yet not to join this global initiative. Their inaction is not an option. Maintaining the status quo is a very dangerous situation for international security. And it leaves the humanity and our planet under the looming shadow of insecurity. Security does not come from weapons,” said Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis.

The treaty was adopted in July by two-thirds of the 193 U.N. member states after months of talks, which United States, Britain, France skipped.

They instead pledged commitment to a decades-old non-proliferation treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. — Reuters

 

More people are experiencing severe hunger in Democratic Republic of the Congo — UN

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2021

The United Nations has raised concerns after the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a record-high level of acute hunger.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), 27.3 million people face “acute” food insecurity. There are also around seven million people who are suffering from “emergency” levels of acute hunger.

One of the factors, according to the UN, is a slump in the country’s economy as well as the effects brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Militia violence also persisted in the area for decades.

Aristide Ongone Obame, FAO Representative in DRC said social and political stability are “essential to strengthen food security and boost the resilience of vulnerable populations”.

There is also a need to boost livestock and the growing of more food.

“The main agricultural season is around the corner and there is no time to waste,” he said. -AAC

PH issues import ban on poultry products from Denmark, Sweden, France

Marje Pelayo   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is temporarily banning poultry imports from four countries due to reported cases of the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.

In separate memorandum orders, the DA issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen originating from Denmark, Sweden, and France.

Also, a moratorium was imposed on any application of these three countries as an accredited importer of such products.

Likewise, the DA ordered a stoppage and confiscation of all shipments of the above stated commodities into the country by all DA Veterinary Quarantine officers or inspectors at all major ports.

The memorandum was signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar and took effect on March 23.

Memorandum Orders

UN condemns ‘escalating violence’ after 18 died in Myanmar anti-coup protest

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), more commonly known as the United Nations Human Rights Office, has condemned the ‘escalating violence’ in Myanmar after 18 were killed during an anti-coup protest on Sunday (February 28).

In a statement, Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “deeply disturbed by the increase in deaths and serious injuries.”

“The use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable,” he added.

Guterres also urged the international community “to come together and send a clear signal to the military that it must respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed through the election and stop the repression.” -AAC

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