U.N. First Committee discusses disarmament and non-proliferation

The United Nations First Committee on Disarmament and International Security met on Thursday at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City to discuss disarmament and non-proliferation.

Director of Legal and External Relations of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Genxin Li began the panel discussions and said the time to push for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is now.

"[There is currently] a window of opportunity to finally outlaw explosive nuclear testing once and for all," Li said.

Li said if the organization does not act now, the opportunity to move the CTBT into force may be lost.

U.N. Deputy Director-General Grace Asirwatham said that although the Chemical Weapons Convention has seen great development, including the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Convention also faces challenges, such as the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria. Asirwatham said the first goal should be the destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria before attempting to disarm the world of nuclear weapon at once.

The representative for Japan said that, as the only country to experience the consequences of nuclear bombings, nuclear disarmament is of the utmost importance to Japan.