ban ki moUN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, has urged the international community to focus more on confronting the global challenge of nuclear terrorism.
Ban, who was reacting to the outcome of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, NSS, in Washington D.C. on Saturday, also called for bridging of the gap between nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
He said that the efforts of the UN in confronting the global challenge of nuclear terrorism rested on two pillars – the Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
Ban said that countries, industries and the civil society had key roles to play in implementing UN’s mandate and provisions so that all member-states could rise to the challenge.
He stressed that universal adherence to the Convention on suppression of terrorism was crucial, and urged all states to join.
“We need to step up our efforts to build the capacities of States’ parties.
“The UN has a key role to play in responding to any use or threat of use by terrorists of nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological materials.
“This includes by strengthening information sharing on terrorist and foreign terrorist fighters as well as improving border controls and national capacities and strategies,” he said.
He urged the international community to pursue broader measures of prevention in the context of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy in particular, by addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism.

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