Dominica ratifies CTBT, universalising Treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Commonwealth of Dominica ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 30 June, completing universal adherence to the Treaty across Latin America and the Caribbean.
The move takes the running total of CTBT ratifications to 173, including all 33 countries in the region.
Speaking from Vienna, CTBTO Executive Secretary Robert Floyd hailed this key development as a new chapter for nuclear disarmament in the region.
It is an honour to welcome yet another ratification in the 25th anniversary year of the CTBT. The Commonwealth of Dominica’s ratification marks a new era of partnership. It also universalizes the Treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean, demonstrating the region’s exemplary leadership in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
The Caribbean island nation’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit pledged to join the CTBT during a visit by the Executive Secretary on 7 February this year.
Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, welcomed the ratification.
The preservation of the norm against testing, alongside the norm against use, is critical to our global disarmament and non-proliferation objectives. It is a norm we must vehemently protect.