Ban calls for increased efforts to prevent WMD proliferation

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, called on the U.N. Security Council on Monday to intensify efforts to remove the threats posed by WMDs and prevent terrorists from acquiring them.

Ban made the remarks 10 years to the day from when the council unanimously adopted resolution 1540. The resolution requires governments to prevent non-state actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, along with their means of delivery.

The resolution also forced all states to create domestic controls to prevent WMD proliferation and established a committee to report to the council on the implementation of the resolution.

"Ten years ago today, the Security Council took bold action to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by unanimously adopting resolution 1540," Ban said. "In the decade since its adoption, resolution 1540 has become an important component of the global security architecture."

Approximately 90 percent of member states submitted national reports on measures taken or planned to be taken to implement the resolution's requirements. The 1540 Committee recorded more than 30,000 reported measures taken by states to implement the resolution.

"I urge all states and stakeholders to reaffirm their common commitment to achieve the great goals of this resolution and to devote their utmost efforts to save present and future generations from the double threat posed by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction," Ban said. "There are no right hands for these wrong weapons."

Ban appealed to all states to intensify efforts to stop the proliferation of WMDs.

"The safety and security of everyone is at stake," Ban said.