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Disarmament Week
24-30 October

"Throughout the past year, the United Nations stepped up its efforts to improve the effectiveness of its activities in the area of peace and security."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Report of the Secretary-General on the
work of the Organization, 2013


Michael Douglas (second from right), UN Messenger of Peace, speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a new installation of civil society petitions calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Also present is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left). (UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)
United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry signs the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the first international treaty regulating the global arms trade in conventional arms. The ATT will come into force 90 days after it has been ratified by 50 nations.
25 September 2013 United Nations, New York


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.

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".

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.

“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.

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