The news agency Xinhua had reported the UN chief was addressing the threat of nuclear weapons which "has been central to the work of the United Nations Organization since its inception."
Antonio Guterres noted "In 1946, the very first General Assembly resolution sought 'the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction'." The Secretary-General had also noted that the total number of nuclear weapons has been declining for decades.
Nearly 14,000 are stockpiled in the world, the is facing "the highest level of nuclear risk" in almost four decades. Guterres added that it is the time to lift this cloud for good and eliminate nuclear weapons from across the globe. He said that this will start a new era of dialogue, trust and peace for all people.