Brief News Review

From 21 to 23 June 2022, the UN States Parties’ Meeting on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (originally scheduled to be held in January this year) is held at the Austria Center Vienna. The Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres circulated a note on 4 April 2022, verbale convening the Meeting of States Parties and inviting States not party to the TPNW to attend the Meeting as observers. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force on 22 January 2021. Article 8, paragraph 2, of the Treaty specifies that “the first meeting of…

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UN Emergency Special Session on Ukraine – The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Remarks to the General Assembly

The fighting in Ukraine must stop. It is raging across the country, from air, land and sea.   It must stop now. Russian missile and air bombardments are pounding Ukrainian cities day and night.  The capital, Kyiv, is encircled from all sides. In the face of the continuing attacks, Kyiv’s three million residents are being forced to seek safety in their homes, improvised bomb shelters, and in the city’s subways.   The Ukrainian government has distributed a meaningful number of arms to the population with the stated objective to participate in the defense of the country. According to UNHCR, half…