Berlin, Germany, 1 July 2011 - Secretary-General's message to 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World AffairsWelcome, all of you, to the 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs.
You meet at a time when the world faces great challenges. Yet however difficult they may be, I also see tremendous opportunities to advance the shared interests of humanity.
From climate change to infectious disease, from terrorism to hunger, from disaster preparedness to food security, from nuclear disarmament to conventional arms control – science and technology will have crucial roles to play. The United Nations needs your support and welcomes your continued engagement in our work.
I would like to thank the entire Pugwash organization once again for over a half century of efforts to bring scientists and policymakers together to advance common interests in peace, security and human welfare worldwide. Your efforts were especially welcome during the Cold War in helping to end the nuclear arms race, and they remain vital today as we continue to seek progress in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
This effort is high among my priorities. I and my predecessors have been working to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction ever since 1946, when the General Assembly first adopted this goal for the United Nations. With active support from the Pugwash organization, along with determined efforts throughout civil society and by concerned Member States, the potential for progress in these fields is considerable indeed.
Opportunities include the forthcoming NPT review process, efforts to establish a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, international gatherings to strengthen nuclear safety and security, and a conference next year to negotiate an arms trade treaty.
When the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 1995 Peace Prize to Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Organization, it expressed the hope that the award “will encourage world leaders to intensify their efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.”
Please accept my best wishes for continued success and partnership in fulfilling this great and historic mission.
Statements on 1 July 2011
- Chisinau, Moldova, 1 July 2011 - Secretary-General's message to fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) [delivered by Mr. Ján Kubi?, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)]