Election of Egypt to the post of Vice-President of the United Nations Disarmament Commission
Election of Egypt to the post of Vice-President of the United Nations Disarmament Commission
The United Nations Disarmament Commission has adopted Egypt's candidacy for the African Group as one of the Vice-Chairmen of the United Nations Disarmament Commission for 2018.

Ambassador Mohamed Idriss, Egypt's permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a statement on Sunday that Egypt intends to make all necessary efforts to ensure the success of the current session of the Commission until 2020, especially in light of the coinciding of the session of the Disarmament Commission with the session of the Review Conference Proliferation of nuclear weapons held in the same year.

He added that Egypt will work to recruit its membership in the Bureau of the Commission to promote African and Arab interests and the positions of the Non-Aligned Movement active in this area, which is becoming increasingly important in view of the increasing levels of tension on the international scene. Plans to renew its nuclear arsenal in contravention of its relevant obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Australia is to assume the chairmanship of the Commission in 2018 as a candidate for a group of Western countries, which will replace the role of the presidency of the Commission this year.

In its organizational meeting, the Commission succeeded in adopting the agenda of the new session from 2018 to 2020 to cover the topics of nuclear disarmament and prevention of an arms race in outer space. These two issues are of great importance to Egypt and support all resolutions that support these objectives in the various organs of the United Nations. Consistent with Egypt's firm position on the Middle East and the world's denuclearization and on working to stop any measures that would transform outer space, which is the common property of mankind, into another arena for arms races.

It should be noted that the Commission has succeeded for the first time since 1999 in the adoption of substantive recommendations.

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