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UN disarmament: preventing weapons proliferation

UN disarmament panel opens session on preventing weapons proliferation to rogue groups

Measures to prevent the proliferation of weapon systems to rogue groups will top the agenda of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which today opens a three-day meeting in New York.

Experts on the Board will also discuss the fact that national leaders meeting last year at a UN World Summit failed to agree on any reference to disarmament and non-proliferation in the Outcome Document they adopted.

The session will be chaired by U. Joy Ogwu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos. Currently, the Board has 19 members, appointed by the Secretary-General and serving in their personal capacities.

Established in 1978, the Board, which meets twice a year, is tasked with advising the Secretary-General on matters concerning arms limitation and disarmament.

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