CTBTO Executive Secretary honours victims of Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombing
Any1 who witnessed #NagasakiHiroshima peace ceremony wld be humbled by what atomic bombs can do: In the resilience of citizens & for the sake of future generations they’ll find on #Japan a beacon of hope & strength w/ moral obligation 2lead #CTBT #NPT implementations 4a #NWFW pic.twitter.com/y3ehrlBeCI— Lassina Zerbo (@SinaZerbo) August 9, 2018
“The anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is always an important occasion not only to remember those who suffered and continue to suffer, but also to renew the call for the total ban on nuclear testing,”
In his remarks, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, said “the survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the hibakusha, have become leaders for peace and disarmament here in Japan and around the world. They are defined not by the cities that were destroyed, but by the peaceful world they seek to build.” (Read his full remarks here)
“Here in Nagasaki, I call on all countries to commit to nuclear disarmament and to start making visible progress as a matter of urgency.”
For the #CTBTO: Greeting Foreign Minister @nkonotaromp prior to laying a wreath at #Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Cenotaph during the 73rd Peace Memorial w/ #UNSG @antonioguterres as guest of honor. Remembering the victims & suffering of the #Hibakusha #NeverAgain #HiroshimaNagasaki pic.twitter.com/ZWPnMF2sG8— Lassina Zerbo (@SinaZerbo) August 9, 2018
“The Hibakusha will not be with us forever. But we must carry their message in our hearts, for the sake of future generations.”
#Nagasaki Welcoming Reception: #UNSG @antonioguterres refers 2the suffering of the #Hibakusha, the #NeverAgain #HiroshimaNagasaki & the necessity to resume disarmament momentum for a #NuclearWeaponsFreeWorld. The planet is at a brink of a #NuclearWar! There is urgency! #NPT #CTBT pic.twitter.com/fLFkP8qyxD— Lassina Zerbo (@SinaZerbo) August 8, 2018
Speaking to media, the CTBTO Executive Secretary noted the important role that Japan has played in advocating for the Treaty at the “highest political level”. In July this year, Zerbo and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono released a urging for actionable steps leading to the Treaty’s entry-into-force.
“A legally binding ban on nuclear testing is fundamental for a peaceful and more stable world,”
“Verifiability builds trust. In times of uncertainty when distrust is high, the CTBT offers a way to build and restore trust, offering timely, accurate, “bulletproof” data.”
The role of CTBTO for a world free of nuclear testing
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which opened for signature in 1996, provides the international community with a legally-binding ban on nuclear testing. Its robust technical verification regime provides Member States with timely, accurate data aimed at identifying nuclear explosions. One of the driving forces behind the CTBT, was a conviction that the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should not happen again. Ending nuclear testing is the first step towards a world free of nuclear weapons, and the CTBT serves as one of the key legal elements of the non-proliferation and disarmament architecture.