Disarmament and arms control are central elements of the architecture of global security. They are not simply concerns of the past, but remain an essential part of global security. The unchecked spread of nuclear weapons or of other weapons of mass destruction is one of the greatest threats to global security.
Disarmament requires trust between states. The United Nations, an organization where every state has a voice, can be a key player in facilitating this trust. In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, member states discuss disarmament in every context - from small arms to nuclear weapons. Disarmament is addressed across the UN system, from the Disarmament Commission in New York to the Conference on Disarmament Geneva. Together, these bodies form an institutional framework for multilateral discussion and action on this fundamental security issue.
Particularly in a world which now seems unregulated and in which treaties are being broken, we have to fight to uphold instruments such as this. We will continue to work to ensure that the Non‑Proliferation Treaty is strengthened and further developed.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
For Germany, disarmament and arms control are central foreign policy goals. This is particularly true with regards to nuclear nonproliferation. Germany is committed to upholding the fundamental arms treaties of the world, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Arms Trade Treaty. Together with Algeria, Germany moreover currently serves as co-president of the so-called Article XIV process, which actively supports the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty’s entry into force.
However, the framework safeguarding non-proliferation has begun to erode. This has prompted Germany to redouble its efforts to ensure that this issue does not lose prominence and that these treaties remain in place.