Media Information: Unprecedented high-level attention to the CTBTO

Media Information:
Unprecedented high-level attention
to the CTBTO

FOREIGN MINISTERS
US SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON
UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
UN MESSENGER OF PEACE MICHAEL DOUGLAS

CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR-TEST-BAN TREATY

24 and 25 September 2009, Conference Room III

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the meeting on 24 September 2009 at 8 am. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the Foreign Minister of France and Morocco, Bernard Kouchner and Taib Fassi Fihri. Foreign Ministers from among over 100 countries will speak, including Hillary Clinton of the United States, Stephen Smith of Australia, Celso Amorim of Brazil, Lawrence Cannon of Canada, Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Alberto Romulo of the Philippines and Carl Bildt of Sweden, as well as UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas. The conference will call on all States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the CTBT so that the Treaty can enter into force.  The United States participates for the first time since 1999. The conference is open to the media.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT

24 September 2009, 9-11 am
(Live coverage of the Conference on UN Webcast Channel 8)

U.S. President Barack Obama will chair the meeting. This will be the first UN Security Council meeting at Heads of State level on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, including the CTBT, since 1992.  The Security Council is expected to issue a resolution with strong language on the CTBT. Proceedings can be followed in Conference Room III while the CTBT conference is adjourned.

PRESS STAKE OUT ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2009, 8:45

Outside the UN Security Council
(Live coverage of the Conference on UN Webcast Channel 3)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Ministers of France and Morocco, Bernard Kouchner and Taib Fassi Fihri and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas will bring a message from the Foreign Ministers´ CTBT conference directly to the door step of the UN Security Council.

Remarks by the UN Secratary-General at the Press Stake Out (unofficial transcript - PDF)

PRESS BRIEFING ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2009, 12.30 pm

UN Press briefing room, 2nd floor

Carnegie Endowment President Jessica Mathews and CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth will discuss conclusions and outcomes of the entry-into-force Conference.

For further information contact:
Annika Thunborg, Spokesperson and Chief, Public Information
T: +43 699 1459 6375
E: Annika.Thunborgping@ctbtopong.org