UN Secretary-General convenes 2005 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

New York, UN Building

28 July 2005


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited all States to attend the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, or Article XIV Conference, which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 21 to 23 September 2005. The Conference will examine ways to accelerate the ratification process of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in order to facilitate the Treaty's early entry into force.

As Depository of the Treaty, the Secretary-General has been requested to convene this Conference by a majority of States that have already deposited their instruments of ratification. In his invitation letter, the Secretary-General communicated the wish of the majority of those States that the Conference be attended at a high level. All States, including States Signatories and States that have not yet signed the Treaty, are invited to attend the Conference. Specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations are invited to attend the Conference as observers.

Article XIV of the Treaty states that if the Treaty has not entered into force three years after the date of the anniversary of its opening for signature, a conference may be held upon the request of a majority of ratifying States. Previous Conferences on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Treaty have been held in Vienna in 1999, in New York in 2001, and again in Vienna in 2003.