Ban Ki-moon: World must advance non-proliferation of CBRN weapons

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Friday calling for countries to advance disarmament and non-proliferation of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and to remove delays from this important issue.

Ki-moon encouraged U.N. member states to make progress and not look to their neighbors to start arms control and disarmament measures. He said that by displaying leadership, these countries can inspire others to follow.

"Delay comes with a high price tag," Ki-moon said. "The longer we procrastinate, the greater the risk that these weapons will be used, will proliferate or be acquired by terrorists."

Ki-moon outlined the five major challenges that member states must face to make disarmament progress as the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. One such challenge involves strengthening the role of the Security Council.

"(In 2004), the Security Council affirmed that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery, to non-state actors constitutes a threat to international peace and security," Ki-moon said. "In the eight years following its adoption, the resolution has established an effective program of national and international actions to counter this threat, even as globalization continues to expand access to technology and materials to produce the deadliest of weapons."

The other challenges Ki-moon outlined include increasing accountability, enforcing the rule of law, establishing partnerships and increasing efforts to educate young people on the dangers related to weapons proliferation.

Ki-moon said that the world community has a responsibility to address these challenges and he expressed hope that the results of the efforts would pave the way for new progress in the future.