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- Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- New Start Treaty
- Mozambique and Southern Africa
- DR Congo
- Press Briefing Monday
- Honour Roll
TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has entered into force today. This is the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than twenty years.
In a video message issued early this morning, the Secretary-General said that the TPNW is an important step towards the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and a strong [demonstration] of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament.
He commends the States that have ratified it and welcomes the instrumental role of civil society in advancing the Treaty's negotiation and entry into force. The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the Treaty, he said. Entry into force is a tribute to their enduring advocacy.
The Secretary-General looks forward to carrying out the functions assigned by the Treaty, including the preparations for the first Meeting of States Parties.
Just to add that nuclear weapons pose growing dangers and the world needs urgent action to ensure their elimination and to prevent the catastrophic human and environmental consequences they would cause.
The Secretary-General calls on all States to work together to realize this ambition to advance common security and collective safety.
NEW START TREATY
Also, on nuclear disarmament, I just wanted to make some comments relating to the latest developments surrounding the new START treaty. The Secretary-General welcomes the decision by the United States to seek a five-year extension of the "New START" treaty, as well as the Russian Federation's reiteration that it also seeks a five-year extension.
A five-year extension will not only maintain verifiable caps on the world's two largest nuclear arsenals, but it will also provide time to negotiate new nuclear arms control agreements to grapple with our increasingly complex international environment.
The Secretary-General encourages both States to work quickly to complete the necessary procedures for "New START's" extension before the 5 February expiration and move as soon as possible to negotiations on new arms control measures.
MOZAMBIQUE AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is supporting governments across the region to prepare for, and respond to, the approaching Tropical Cyclone Eloise.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, the cyclone is expected to make landfall near Beira, in central Mozambique, early tomorrow, local time. As you will recall this is the same area that was hit by Cyclone Idai less than two years ago and the Secretary-General has visited Beira in July of 2019.
We are obviously concerned about the prospects of significant flooding, particularly in Mozambique, where rivers are already at alert levels and flooding has been reported in several locations ahead of Eloise's landfall.
The Government of Mozambique is carrying out evacuations and we and our partners have deployed personnel and supplies in advance, to be ready to respond quickly. After landfall in Mozambique, the cyclone is expected to weaken but could bring heavy rains to neighbouring countries, including Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.
Humanitarian organizations in the region are already overstretched by ongoing operations, especially in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It is expected that more funding will be urgently needed.