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Kenya reaffirms commitment to nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation

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Kenya has reaffirmed its commitment to nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and the ultimate realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Speaking during the general debate of the 2024 substantive session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC), Ambassador Mike Kiboino urged all member States to demonstrate flexibility and cooperate within the context of the relevant multilateral frameworks with a view to overcome political and security-related barriers, in the advancement of the disarmament agenda.

Ambassador Mike Kiboino who is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations in New York, also underscored the need for Member States to cooperate and demonstrate flexibility in advancing the disarmament agenda.

Similarly, the envoy emphasised on the need for Nuclear weapons states and “nuclear umbrella states” to honor their disarmament obligations.

Amb. Kiboino also stressed on the need have respect for the inalienable right of all states, to engage in research and development of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

As well as have a comprehensive approach to emerging technologies that balances innovation with responsible governance and oversight, considering the opportunities and risks they present.

According to Amb. Kiboino, the world is still grappling with the proliferation of not only weapons of mass destruction but also conventional weapons including small arms and light weapons.

“And we are witnessing heightened multipolar rivalries and tension, marked by a surge in military expenditure, a prevalence of dangerous military maneuvers, and more significantly, a rise in the threat of the use of nuclear weapons.” He said.

Adding that: “The very existence of nuclear weapons, coupled by enduring threats of their deployment, constitute an existential threat to international peace and security. Especially given the looming dangers of possible miscalculation among nuclear-armed states, and of weapons adaptable to mass destruction falling into the hands of non-state actors, including terrorist groups.” He added.

The envoy called on nations to support the Disarmament Commission in its crucial role, as the specialized deliberative body within the disarmament machinery, to foster action through concrete recommendations to the General Assembly.

On technology, he noted that utilization of emerging technologies for peaceful purposes holds promise for advancing global priorities and must be optimally harnessed for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

However, these technologies he said, also present risks to international peace and security.

Amb. Kiboino stressed that addressing the dual nature of emerging technologies requires a comprehensive approach, that balances innovation with responsible governance and oversight.

The proliferation of advanced weaponry systems, technology capabilities including Artificial Intelligence, and unmanned aerial vehicles, for instance, has heightened the complexity of security dynamics, necessitating robust mechanisms for transparency, confidence-building, and risk mitigation.” He said.

Similarly he said, international cooperation and dialogue are essential for fostering common understanding, promoting norms, and developing regulatory frameworks that uphold ethical standards and ensure the peaceful application of technology.

Additionally investments in capacity-building and awareness-raising initiatives, can empower Member States to harness the benefits of emerging technologies while mitigating associated risks.” He added.

To advance shared goals while safeguarding global peace and security, Amb. Kiboino said the international community can leverage the transformative potential of emerging technologies.

 

 

 

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