News | March 30, 2012

Transcripts and Report on Ban Ki-moon Disarmament Event

The Global Security Institute has released a detailed account of an Oct. 24, 2011, event on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations in New York with keynote speaker Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The nuclear disarmament consultation, convened by EWI, The Global Security Institute and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies marked the third anniversary of Ban's speech at a similar meeting in 2008, in which he unveiled a plan for nuclear arms reduction worldwide.

The report includes a summary of the topics discussed and transcripts of remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, among others.

Quoting from the synopsis:

Three years after launching his Five Point Proposal for the elimination of nuclear weapons, which included support for a nuclear weapons convention, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, returned to the same forum on UN Day 2011 in UN headquarters in New York to observe that states have failed in their commitments. He observed: “Here we are. Tens of thousands of nuclear weapons remain. New ones are being designed and built every day. And to what purpose?” He went on to say, “As Secretary-General, I want to bring disarmament down to earth. Instead of hearing the word ‘disarmament’ floating in the air, I want to see disarmament facts on the ground. This is what inspired my five point plan for action.”