Economic and Social Council

Nuclear Disarmament and Our Sustainable Future…

Nuclear Disarmament and Our Sustainable Future
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2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice - Session 10
 - In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as forest fires and floods swept the globe. The need to establish international cooperation at various levels for global health and environment has never been so obvious. - In order to achieve a sustainable and peaceful future for humankind and our planet, we must face and tackle with many challenges.  - In the Post COVID-19 era, we must "build back better" to create a resilient global society. The emphasis on the connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and nuclear weapons issues are to be discussed. - The global spread of coronavirus revealed that such menace, previously seen as a mere hypothetical scenario, can so quickly materialize and dominate our reality.  - Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, the international community must not only combat current crises, but also take preventative measures against potential threats, risks and vulnerabilities forthcoming.  -  Nuclear weapons are a salient example of such. Single use of a nuclear weapon ensures great destruction and devastating effects on all efforts made towards the SDGs.  - Moreover, $72.6 billion was spent on nuclear weapons worldwide in 2020. If we could repurpose that money to go forward with the SDGs, it would significantly help to "build back better " the international community.