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Thematic Debate - Disarmament and World Security: Challenges for the International Community and the Role of the United Nations
New York, 19 April 2010   

Several conferences and meetings both in the fields of conventional weapons and of weapons of mass destruction are scheduled for the next coming months. The current political environment creates a unique window of opportunity for real advancements in the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda.

In accordance with the United Nations Charter, the President of the General Assembly is convening a one-day thematic debate in order to foster the discussion on disarmament in all its multifaceted aspects. The objective is to bring together Member States, the United Nations system, academia and civil society to have a fruitful debate on the issues that pertain to social and economic development and maintain international peace and security, which are at the core of the United Nations mandate.


  • 19 April 2010, General Assembly: Thematic debate - Disarmament and world security: Challenges for the international community and the role of the United Nations.

  • Section 1: Strengthening multilateral commitments regarding weapons of mass destruction: The challenges and opportunities of disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Moderator: H.E. Ms. Mona Juul (Norway), former Chair of the First Committee. 
    [Webcast: Archived Video - English: 3 hours and 58 minutes]
    [Webcast: Archived Video - Original Language: 3 hours and 58 minutes]
    • Statement by H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
      [Webcast: Archived Video - English: 12 minutes ]
      [Webcast: Archived Video - Arabic: 12 minutes ]
    • Statement by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
      [Webcast: Archived Video - 6 minutes ]
  • Section 2: Enhancing security through the regulation of arms: Security needs, military expenditures, the arms trde and arms availability. Moderator: H.E. Mr. José Luis Cancela (Uruguay), Chair of the First Committee.
    [Webcast: Archived Video - English: 2 hours and 34 minutes]
    [Webcast: Archived Video - Original Language: 2 hours and 23 minutes]




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