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Izumi Nakamitsu Keynote Remarks Highlight Urgent Need for Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures


By: ATN News

United Nations: Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, delivered a keynote address at the Western Hemisphere Nuclear Risk Reduction Workshop, co-hosted by Mexico and the United States. The remarks underscored the pressing need for international cooperation to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in today's volatile global landscape.


Nakamitsu began by acknowledging Mexico and the United States for organizing the event and emphasized their vital support for the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). Against the backdrop of escalating geopolitical tensions and technological advancements, Nakamitsu stressed the heightened risk of nuclear conflict, likening the current state of affairs to the uncertain early years of the Cold War.


The High Representative outlined three key characteristics of the contemporary security context: shifting geopolitical dynamics towards a multipolar nuclear order, regional crises with nuclear implications, and transformative technological advancements with significant implications for nuclear weapon use. In this environment, the potential for error and miscalculation leading to nuclear escalation is alarmingly acute, as highlighted by the Secretary-General's assertion that current nuclear risks are unprecedented in complexity.


Nakamitsu reiterated three fundamental truths about nuclear weapons: their use would result in catastrophic humanitarian consequences, it is unlikely to be limited to a single event, and the ramifications would extend beyond borders and regions. Drawing parallels to the prolonged efforts between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War, Nakamitsu emphasized the urgency of current nuclear disarmament initiatives, asserting that there is no luxury of time.


Central to Nakamitsu's address was the imperative of nuclear disarmament as the UN's highest priority. However, pending the total elimination of nuclear weapons, immediate measures to prevent their use are essential. Nakamitsu emphasized the principle outlined in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for concerted efforts to avert the danger of nuclear war and safeguard global security.


The High Representative proposed various near-term measures to prevent nuclear weapon use, including transparency measures, crisis communication agreements, doctrinal measures such as no first-use pledges, and restraint in the deployment of novel delivery systems. Nakamitsu also underscored the importance of dialogue among nuclear-weapon states at both military and policymaker levels to build trust and confidence.


Nuclear Risk Reduction In conclusion, Nakamitsu urged nations to learn from history, particularly the Cuban Missile Crisis, and take immediate action to step back from the brink of nuclear conflict. The address underscored the critical need for collaborative efforts to reduce nuclear risks and ensure global peace and security.

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