European Union champions the CTBTO - Voluntary Contribution of over 4.5 mio EUR
“The EU’s political voice greatly amplifies those of its Member States where it comes to entry into force of the Treaty. It has been a great boon to count High Representative Mogherini among the Group of Eminent Persons for the CTBT. She has taken it upon herself personally to promote the Treaty wherever she can, and has really led from the front.”
Great panelist & large attendance at event on EU support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty & its Organization. We consider that ratification of the Treaty demonstrates a step in the right direction to securing peace and trust in regions of potential conflict. #NPT2018 pic.twitter.com/9MGzdedTvM— EU at UN in Geneva (@EU_UNGeneva) April 23, 2018
The EU has consistently provided significant financial contributions to support the work of the CTBTO. In February, the EU Council of Foreign Ministers approved the new EU Council Decision (CSPF/298/2018) pledging more than 4.5 million Euro to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, bringing the total amount of such voluntary contributions to 23.5 mio Euros. This is the 7th consecutive EU Council Decision on the topic adopted over a period of 10 years, which makes the European Union one of the largest contributors to the Organization’s activities in terms of extra-budgetary, as well as regular budget contributions. Collectively, European Union Member States provide 40% of the CTBTO’s regular budget.
“This financial support has real, concrete, effects. It serves to strengthen our verification capabilities and enhance the operational performance of the verification regime. It enables all CTBT Signatory States to fulfil their responsibilities and reap the full benefits of membership, including civil and scientific applications of IMS data. And it supports the universalization and entry into force of the Treaty through outreach activities.”
- Preparations for re-engineering phase 3 of the International Data Centre (IDC);
- Further enhancement of the atmospheric transport modeling capabilities;
- Supporting the build-up of the on-site inspection (OSI) capabilities with an emphasis on noble gas processing and detection;
- Continuous and focused support to auxiliary seismic stations to ensure high data availability
“The EU and its Member States have been true friends of the effort to make a legally-binding global ban on nuclear testing a reality.”
A significant portion ? around 40% of the available funding ? will be devoted to capacity building and outreach to non-signatory or non-ratifying states, including in particular the eight missing Annex II States that still are required for the entry into force of the Treaty: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States. The ongoing project that supports experts from developing countries to participate in CTBTO official meetings will continue to benefit from EU funding over the next 24 months. As part of the EU Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, these voluntary contributions aim to promote peace and stability, an endeavour for which the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. All 28 EU Member States have signed and ratified the CTBT.
@EU_UNGeneva side event on #CTBTO highlights again the importance of universalization and entry into force of #CTBT. Overwhelming support in the room & @SinaZerbo sure knows how to convince, speaking also as #InternationalGenderChampion and of the CTBTO #YouthGroup. pic.twitter.com/ulhcUxO7KE— Ravesa Lleshi (@RavesaLleshi) April 23, 2018