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UN calls for global disarmament amid surging arms sales logo 26/2/2018
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With global arms sales rising, the UN chief has urged more "direction to the global disarmament agenda." He warned that initiatives have been abandoned while "military power is glorified."

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced a "new initiative" to encourage global disarmament at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

Arms sales have increased after years of decline, according to a report on the global arms industry published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) last year.

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  • Guterres said that "global arms trade is thriving in a way not seen since the Cold War."
  • Initiatives aimed at decreasing the size of militaries across the world have "been abandoned," he noted, while "military power is glorified."
  • He warned of new threats likely to emerge from technological developments, including lethal autonomous weapons.
  • He called for "greater impetus and direction to the global disarmament agenda," saying Japanese diplomat Izumi Nakamistu will consult with UN member states on a wider strategy.

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ls/ (Reuters, AFP)

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