CTBT20 Panel with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On 27 April 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed an audience, ranging from veteran officials to young leaders, on the need for the
entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The event was held in Vienna, Austria, but was followed across the world via media coverage, livestream, and social media.
“The CTBTO has proven its value again and again. This organization is at the forefront of detecting possible nuclear tests.”
“Let us pledge today that we will not cease in our calls until all States are party to the CTBT” Ban Ki-moon told the audience. “That way we can leave a safer world, free of nuclear tests, to our children and to succeeding generations of this world.”
UNSG photo / speech
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Joining Ban Ki-moon on the panel were Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO); Kim Won-soo, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Michael Spindelegger, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, and Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria; and Susan Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Organisations in Vienna and member of the CTBTO’s Group of Eminent Persons (GEM). The panel was moderated by Sanam Shatyaei, International Affairs Editor at France24, and Julian Borger, World Affairs Editor at Guardian News & Media.
Members of the newly inaugurated CTBTO Youth Group were also present and Ban Ki-moon had a special message for young people in the audience. “I especially count on young people to press their leaders for action. And I really count on young people to raise their voice” he said.
Lassina Zerbo echoed the call to action. “We can no longer wait for the CTBT to enter into force. The risks are too high, and the expectations are too great” he warned.
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The CTBT20 panel is part of a series of events being held during 2016 for the 20th anniversary of the
Read Ban Ki-moon’s full statement here.
See photos from the event here.