Recession talk reached a fever pitch last week after the federal government said the U.S. economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter. On Monday, the United Nations issued a far more dire warning than any economy-related commotion could ever match: The world is in danger of nuclear disaster.
“Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” said Antonio Guterres, the secretary general of the U.N., at a conference about upholding the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which went into effect in 1970.
Guterres specifically cited Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his remarks, adding that the current threat of nuclear war hovers above several simultaneous crises, including “the climate crisis, stark inequalities, conflicts, and human rights violations, and the personal and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In light of the situation related to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, States Parties have decided to postpone the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to a later date but no later than February 2022. Detailed information available at: https://www.un.org/en/conferences/npt2020
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