Media Advisory - UNGA: Foreign Ministers issue joint call for CTBT entry into force
Vienna, 25 September 2014
Foreign ministers will meet on Friday 26 September at 3.00 p.m. at the UN in New York to issue a joint call for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The meeting will be opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and chaired by Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Opening statements will also be made by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo. Around 30 foreign ministers have confirmed their attendance to date, with around 90 countries participating in the meeting.
- Photo-op: Friday 26 September at 3.00 p.m., Trusteeship Chamber. Media requested to arrive at 2:55 p.m. sharp.
- The entire meeting is open to the media.
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions including underground. The Treaty opened for signature 18 years ago on 24 September 1996. To date, 183 countries have signed the CTBT, of which 163 have ratified. However, eight States have yet to ratify for entry into force: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.
The CTBTO has established a verification regime capable of detecting nuclear explosions anywhere on the planet. It features a network of over 300 monitoring stations and provisions for on-site inspections once the CTBT enters into force.
Media representatives wishing to cover the event who are not already accredited to the UN in New York must apply for media accreditation through the electronic application system. Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit contact information: Isabelle Broyer, Chief, Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit, UN Headquarters, Room L-248, New York NY 10017, USA. Email: email@example.com, tel.: (1-212) 963 6934 or 963 6937, fax: (1-212) 963 4642.
For further information on the CTBT, please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing. More information on the meeting, including statements, will be provided there.
Elisabeth Wächter, Chief, Public Information
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