Recordings of sessions

Recordings of sessions

Day/Time Session Details
Day 1 - 25 January 2016    
09:30 - 10:20 Opening Session Bente Angell-Hansen, Permanent Representative of Norway, Cristian Istrate, Permanent Representative of Romania and Chair of the Preparatory Commission, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo
10:20 - 10:30 Keynote Address David Strangway, President Emeritus, University of British Columbia and Canada Foundation for Innovation
11:00 - 11:10 Interview with Joe Cirincione Video interview with Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
12:00 - 13:30 20 Years On: Reflections on the Negotiations of the CTBT A panel discussion on the negotiations of the Treaty featuring former lead negotiators in the Conference on Disarmament who played key roles in the Treaty’s negotiation.
15:00 - 17:30 Achieving Entry into Force: Confronting the Challenge 20 Years Later A moderated debate with members of the Group of Eminent Persons and the coordinators of the CTBT Article XIV process
Day 2 - 26 January 2016    
09:30 - 11:00 Nuclear Testing and the Arms Race Expert presentations and discussions on nuclear weapons technology, the decision-making process in nuclear testing, and the linkages between nuclear testing and the arms race.
12:30 - 13:30 Where's the News? (Under-) reporting on the CTBT A panel of journalists and media professionals consider following motion: If nuclear weapons and nuclear testing are a great risk to life on earth, are news media failing the public by not paying them more attention?
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote Address by Paul Richards Special Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
14:00 - 15:30 The Foundation of the CTBT Verification Regime A panel discussion to reflect on how the CTBT verification regime as it stands today, including the on-site inspection capability, measures up against expectations and technical capabilities in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and how the verification technologies are implemented 20 years later.
16:00 - 17:30 The Future of Multilateral Arms Control Verification Lessons from the CTBT: A panel discussion on how the CTBT and its verification regime contributed to arms control and nonproliferation arrangements and what lessons should be drawn from the CTBT for future arrangements.
Day 3 - 27 January 2016    
09:30 - 11:00 Rebooting Nuclear Security CTBT Entry into Force and the Elimination of Nuclear Threats: A panel discussion examining how entry into force of the CTBT connects with other interlinked issues in arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, and nuclear security.
11:30 - 13:00 The CTBT as a Regional Confidence Building Measure A panel discussion on the role of the CTBT as a confidence building tool, in particular in North and South East Asia and the Middle East.
14:00 - 14:45 Understanding the CTBT: Scope, Obligations and Compliance A presentation on the key articles of the Treaty and national implementation of the Treaty’s obligations, highlighting concrete advantages of an enforceable CTBT.
14:45 - 15:30 The Preparatory Commission and the Future Organization Discussion with the Chair of the Preparatory Commission, moderated by the Secretary of the Preparatory Commission
16:30 - 17:30 Enforceability of the CTBT: International Politics and International Law A panel discussion on the enforceability of the CTBT as an international norm, the role of nuclear test moratoria and ways to advance entry into force in accordance with international law.
Day 4 - 28 January 2016    
09:00 - 10:30 Civil Society in Support of the CTBT A panel discussion on the role of civil society organizations and public advocacy groups in raising awareness of the CTBT and affecting public policy on broader nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues.
10:30 - 12:00 Academia as a Force Multiplier A panel discussion on the value of encouraging CTBT-related research, both in the technical and political fields, in order to stimulate critical thinking on the Treaty.
13:00 - 14:00 Evaluation of a Very Small Seismic Event in the DPRK, 12 May 2010 Paul Richards, Special Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
14:00 - 15:30 Enhancing National Security through Science-based Verification A moderated discussion exploring perspectives of the impact of the CTBT on national security.
Day 5 - 29 January 2016    
09:30 - 10:15 Introduction and Overview, International Monitoring System Technologies David Jepsen, Coordinator, International Monitoring System Division
10:15 - 11:00 IMS Data and International Data Centre (IDC) Products Gerhard Graham, IDC Programme and Project Coordinator, CTBTO
11:30 - 13:00 Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges Maintaining the IMS Verification System Panel discussion
14:30 - 15:30 The IMS Verification System in Action The DPRK Announced Nuclear Tests 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2016
15:30 - 16:15 Civil and Scientific Uses of IMS Data Including Case Study on the Fukushima Accident
16:30 - 18:00 The Way Forward for CTBT Technical Verification Panel discussion
Day 6 - 1 Feburary 2016    
09:30 - 10:00 Introduction and Overview of OSI Activities and Techniques Oleg Rozhkov, Director, On-Site Inspection Division, CTBTO and Peter Labak, Equipment and Implementation Officer, CTBTO
10:00 - 10:45 OSI Regime Implementation Challenges Treaty and Protocol Issues
11:15 - 11:45 How to Become a “Surrogate” Inspector Ron Gavish, Chief, OSI Training Section, CTBTO
11:45 - 12:30 Continuous Development of the OSI Regime - Outcome of the Integrated Field Exercise 2014 (IFE14) Hussam Al Husseini, Permanent Representative of Jordan and IFE14 Host-country Representative and Oleg Rozhkov, Director, On-Site Inspection Division, CTBTO
16:30 - 17:30 Table Top Exercise reporting / debriefing  
Day 7 - 2 Feburary 2016    
09:30 - 11:00 Entry into Force and the Future of the CTBT Discussion on challenges and obstacles to ensuring the sustainability of the Treaty and its verification regime
11:30 - 13:00 Entry into Force and the Future of the CTBT Identifying practical options and solutions after 20 Years (Part 1)
14:30 - 16:00 Entry into Force and the Future of the CTBT Identifying practical options and solutions after 20 Years (Part2)
16:00 - 17:00 Mini-Workshop Media experts and academics provide pointers on how to effectively use print and social media, blogs, and scholarly and other articles as means to advance awareness about the Treaty
17:00 - 18:00 Introduction to Executive Council Simulation Overview of the simulation scenario context and the rules
Day 8 - 3 Feburary 2016    
10:00 - 13:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary I  
14:30 - 16:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary II, Part 1  
16:30 - 18:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary II, Part 2  
Day 9 - 4 Feburary 2016    
09:30 - 11:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary III, Part 1  
11:30 - 13:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary III, Part 2  
14:00 - 15:00 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary IV, Part 1  
15:30 - 16:30 Executive Council Simulation - Plenary IV, Part 2  
16:30 - 17:00 Executive Council Simulation - Debriefing  
17:00 - 17:30 Closing Remarks and closing keynote speech Closing Remarks by Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo and Closing Keynote Address by Des Browne, Vice-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former UK Secretary of State for Defence