UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the world is one mechanical, electronic or human error away from a catastrophe that could eradicate entire cities from the map.
Guterres made this known while announcing a bold new vision for global disarmament to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons warning, the world is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction.
Unveiling his new agenda, entitled, Securing Our Common Future, at the University of Geneva, he said the UN was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy”.
Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports sustainable development. And disarmament is true to our values and principles, he explained.
The new Agenda focuses on three priorities – weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, and new battlefield technologies.
He stressed that disarmament of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons could “save humanity,” noting that some 15,000 nuclear weapons remain stockpiled around the world and hundreds are ready to be launched within minutes.
Guterres said the States that possessed nuclear weapons had the primary responsibility for avoiding catastrophe, appealing to Russia and the U.S. to resolve their dispute over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The UN chief appealed to the two leading nuclear arsenal countries to extend the new treaty on strategic offensive arms, which is due to expire in just three years, and to take new steps towards reducing nuclear stockpiles.