Disarmament Week is celebrated this year at a global level, from 24 until 30 October. This arrives at perfect timing given the international conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russia’s affiliates with the West side and NATO, and all the stifles associated with the conflict.
This program makes the public aware of the UN’s global peace objectives. The disarmament principle suggests getting rid of all weapons and ammunition used in battle and for mass destruction. The international community is urged to abstain from using any kind of weapon that is not necessary for maintaining public order within national borders.
Resolution S-10/2, a resolution that calls for the renunciation of the use of armed force in international relations and the promotion of security through disarmament, was adopted in 1978 during the UN General Assembly’s special session on disarmament. According to the text of Resolution 50/72/B enacted on December 12, 1995, the UN General Assembly asked countries and non-governmental organizations to participate in observing Disarmament Week in 1955 to foster greater knowledge of disarmament concerns.
Since the United Nations was founded, disarmament and armament control have been crucial in preventing and managing crises and armed conflicts. Without resorting to the power of conventional or unconventional weapons, moments of conflict between states and the appearance of possible threats to international security and peace can be resolved via positive political discourse and talks, according to www.un.org.
Disarmament initiatives strive to preserve an atmosphere of international security and peace, safeguard people, advance sustainable development, increase state credibility and trust, and prevent or end armed conflict. The goal of arms control measures is to preserve the state of international security and peace. One of the UN’s main goals is to abolish nuclear weapons and all other forms of WMD. Despite the member nations’ dedication, the long-term objective of armament reduction has made little progress.
The possession and use of conventional or non-conventional weapons have been subject to legal codification in an effort to reduce the threat they pose to humanity. These weapons were developed for conflict.
The Convention on Anti-Personnel Mines, the Convention on Fragmentation Munitions, and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are only a few of the international agreements that have been legally codified for the regulation and abolition of weaponry. Additionally, on December 24, 2014, the Treaty on the Regulation of International Trade in Conventional Arms, from Small Arms to Heavy Weapons, Fighter Aircraft or Warships, became effective in this context.
“The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a key moment for global efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate illicit arms trafficking. The agenda contains a specific target for the significant reduction of the illicit flow of arms by 2030”Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General
The Action Program on the Prevention, Combat, and Eradication of the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, which is run at the level of the Office for Disarmament Affairs, is where many national, regional, and international commitments are made to combat the threat that these types of weapons represent. The employment of explosive weapons in populated regions has an adverse humanitarian impact, which is still being managed internationally.
The UN expects to see some progress or any positive updates given the perfect timing of its emblematic 77 celebration, which took place on 24 October, the first day that marks the start of Disarmament Week.
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