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A world free of nuclear weapons is a global vision that requires a global response: UN Chief Guterres
Ahead of the 'International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons' to be observed on September 26, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his message stated, "United Nations stands ready to work with all of you to achieve this (total elimination of nuclear weapons). Every State has a responsibility to contribute."

"In recent months, the dangers posed by nuclear weapons have been forcefully driven home, making this event timelier than ever. We know that the horrific humanitarian and environmental consequences of the use of nuclear weapons would transcend national borders. As such, every State has a right to demand the elimination of these uniquely destructive weapons, " he added in his released message.

He remarked, "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has conducted a series of provocative nuclear and missile tests, heightening tensions and highlighting the dangers of proliferation. I again condemn these acts unequivocally, and I welcome the Security Council's firm action on the situation as well as its desire for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution."

According to him, nuclear disarmament has been a principled objective for the United Nations – from the very first General Assembly resolution to the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He cautioned, "The only world that is safe from the use of nuclear weapons is a world that is completely free of the nuclear weapons themselves."

Earlier this year he had launched "Securing Our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament" campaign to address the elimination of nuclear weapons in the framework of "disarmament to save humanity."

Then, he had calls for resuming dialogue and negotiations for nuclear arms control and disarmament. He also supports extending the norms against nuclear weapons, and in that regard appeals to States that possess nuclear weapons to affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Finally, the agenda proposes preparing for a world free of nuclear weapons through a number of risk reduction measures, notably ending the production of fissile materials.

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