United Nations to Discuss Eradication of Nuclear Arms

U.S. President Barack Obama will preside over a special session of the United Nations Security Council Thursday dedicated to halting the spread of nuclear weapons.

Heads of state of the Security Council’s 15-member nations will meet to discuss a U.S.-drafted resolution that sets numerous goals towards Mr. Obama’s vision of a “world without nuclear weapons.”  

It calls on all nations who have not joined the 41-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to do so, and also urges nuclear nations to set conditions on their exports of nuclear materials.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give the opening speech of a two-day conference on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. This is the first time a U.S. delegation has participated in the biennial conference since 1999.

Clinton’s husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, signed the treaty in 1996, but the U.S. Senate rejected it three years later.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

Photo credit: Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo by Marco Castro.