On September 24, President Obama will be the first US president ever to chair a special meeting of the UN Security Council, which will focus on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament. The US has taken another important step in showing its commitment to addressing the nuclear weapons threat by drafting a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on all countries with nuclear weapons to disarm with the aim of getting the resolution approved. Politico obtained a draft of the text, which contains a lot of positive language that is still subject to change. The resolution calls for nations that have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to begin negotiations to reduce their nuclear stockpiles and to negotiate “a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, and calls on all other states to join in this endeavor.”
The resolution also urges all states to join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Coincidentally, September 23-25, there will also be a conference at the U.N. on bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force. Stay tuned for updates next week on what happens at the U.N. on nuclear weapons issues.