Geneva, Switzerland

17 May 2018

Secretary-General's video message before launching the Disarmament Agenda

The international security environment has deteriorated.
 
Cold War tensions have returned.
 
Global military spending is at its highest since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
 
Armed conflicts are now largely fought in cities, with devastating consequences for civilians.
 
The non-proliferation regime is threatened by countries that wrongly believe Weapons of Mass Destruction make them safer.
 
This is why I am launching my disarmament agenda. 
 
It will address weapons of mass destruction; conventional weapons; and future technologies and weapon systems.
 
It will be based on concrete, practical actions.
 
It will focus on disarmament that saves lives.
 
By placing human lives firmly at the centre of our efforts, I hope to generate new momentum and mobilize new partnerships for peace and sustainable security.
 
Thank you.