Kane: U.N. agencies can work together for nuclear disarmament

Multiple agencies of the U.N. must continue to work together for the purpose of nuclear disarmament, the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said on Tuesday.

Angela Kane made the statement on Tuesday to the International Atomic Energy Agency Conference on Nuclear Security at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria. Kane described to the attendees how the various aspects of the U.N. system work together.

Kane elaborated upon the past and present collaborative successes of the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force.

"In one example of the United Nations system working together, CTITF worked in partnership with the IAEA, UNODC, the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs and my own Office for Disarmament Affairs to organize the secretary-general's High-level meeting on Countering Nuclear Terrorism, with a Focus on Strengthening the Legal Framework," Kane said. "The meeting took place on September 28 and served as an important step to build upon new momentum in our efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism, a common priority in building a safer and more secure world."

Kane said the IAEA conference would also be crucial to determining how to make progress on the nuclear security goals set in recent years. She said the U.N. would work with the IAEA to make this progress possible.

"As always, the United Nations will continue to support the efforts of member states and to cooperate with the IAEA in carrying out this important work," Kane said.