UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is facing a dangerous level of nuclear weapons that has not occurred since the Cold War.
Guterres said this statement at the start of a conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York on Monday.
Guterres mentioned that the climate crisis, conflicts, human rights abuses, and the personal and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have the world under more pressure than it has ever faced.
He added that this is happening at a time of nuclear danger that has never been seen since the Cold War.
Guterres said Humanity is in danger of forgetting the lessons learned from the terrible fires in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, noting that geopolitical tensions are reaching new heights, competition trumps cooperation, and distrust has replaced dialogue.
The UN Secretary-General pointed out that the NPT was a fundamental pillar of international security, with its special status based on near-universal membership, Legally binding, and verifiable safeguards system for non-proliferation.