Disarmament and arms control are central elements of the architecture of global security. They are not concerns of the past, but pressing challenges for the present and future. The uncontrolled spread of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destructions is one of the greatest threats to global security. Curtailing this danger can ultimately become a matter of survival.
Disarmament requires trust between states which the United Nations help to build in a number of multilateral forums: the First Committee of the General Assembly (which Germany is currently co-chairing), the Disarmament Commission of the United Nations in New York, as well as the Geneva based Conference on Disarmament. Together they form the institutional framework of the global multilateral disarmament dialogue.
Substantial progress in disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation is a core goal of German foreign policy. We push for the strengthening of existing arms control instruments – such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the UN Program of Action on Small Arms – and have been actively involved in negotiating new agreements, such as the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the Arms Trade Treaty. Germany is strongly committed to a number of disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives, such as the “Friends of the Non-Proliferation Treaty” or the “Group of Interested States for Practical Disarmament Measures.”
In April 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a milestone in the global endeavor to advance arms control and international security. For the…