The CTBTO at the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS) Conference
The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) was represented at the highest level by its Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth (image), who delivered a welcoming address and participated in the panel discussion on nuclear disarmament. Participants were given a tour of the CTBTO’s International Data Centre and braved the cold winds to visit the radionuclide station on the rooftop of the Vienna International Centre.
The CTBT, the CTBTO and its three pillared verification system, both historically and today, are very much the product of the close interaction and association between diplomacy, academia, and science and technology.
The CTBTO is also investing in the training and education of the next generation of nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and verification experts through the recently launched Capacity Development Initiative (CDI). In 2011, the CDI featured a week-long Introductory Course in September and a two-week Advanced Science Course on the verification technologies of the CTBT in November. An in-depth presentation ( PDF ) on the CDI was given by Jean du Preez, head of CTBTO External Relations.