December 31, 2021

Because of Omicron, the UN Conference is Postponed Again

 The United Nations (UN) nuclear deal conference had to be postponed until August next year following a surge in the Covid-19 case caused by the Omicron variant.

The meeting is scheduled to be held next week at the UN headquarters in New York. It aims to revise the nuclear-related agreement, the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) after a two-year delay in the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the UN office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) sent an email on Thursday informing relevant parties that the conference would be held on August 1, 2022.

Typically, it is held every five years to review the agreement, where the last time it took place was in 2015.

The NPT is an international agreement aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons that has been signed by 93 countries.

The treaty also stipulates that countries that did not have nuclear weapons when they signed them, would not seek to obtain them.

While countries that already have such weapons at the time of signing them, such as the United States, the UK, Russia, France and China will act to eliminate them.