…With so many qualified experts among us, I would like to leave it to others to speak to the details of the many new approaches and initiatives we have seen recently. Instead, I intend to give a brief survey of broader factors that are leading to renewed hope for progress in the field of nuclear disarmament. In particular, there are at least three recent trends that have significant potential to be game changers — to revitalize the whole field.
… It goes without saying that achieving the elimination of nuclear weapons will require positive and constructive participation by the States possessing nuclear weapons. But the disarmament process also will require active engagement by coalitions of Member States. And it will require persistent and ever-broadening initiatives from civil society.
In summary, today I have touched upon several key factors that are helping to set the stage for the achievement of a world free of nuclear weapons. The Office for Disarmament Affairs will continue to do its share by working with Member States, by educating the public, and by cooperating with non-governmental groups in advancing this great cause of nuclear disarmament.
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