72nd Session Of The UN General Assembly

Nuclear weapons were the focus as global leaders addressed the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Leaders and diplomats from dozens of countries signed a treaty at the UN that will outlaw nuclear weapons — a document that disarmament advocates described as a historic first.

However, the world’s nine nuclear-armed countries, including the United States and North Korea, declined to sign the treaty, and the Americans and their allies denounced it as dangerously naïve. Opening the annual general debate on 12th September, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Miroslav Laicak stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet.