First Committee of the UN General Assembly adopts resolution on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium – expression of ongoing concern

On November 8th, the new resolution was adopted by 140 states within the 1st Committee of the UN General Assembly. The US, the UK, France and Israel still remain the only four states to continuously oppose the resolution.There have also been 26 abstentions including Germany – again.

The text of the resolution is the same as in 2016. ICBUW suggested adding the following preface: “Welcoming the reports of the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes, which expressed concern over the impact of the toxic and hazardous remnants of armed conflicts on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, and identified measures through which governments should address these harms” – thus establishing a link to recent human rights developments in the area.