International Day against Nuclear Tests 2012
The importance of bringing the [Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty] CTBT into force cannot be overemphasized. The world has endured over 2,000 nuclear tests since 1945. Such tests poison the environment—and they poison the political climate as well. They breed mistrust, isolation and fear.
Today is a day to commemorate the victims of nuclear testing and to learn for the future: Are we serious about nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation? About working for a world free of nuclear weapons? The litmus test will be whether or not we will succeed in finally banning all nuclear tests.
Currently 183 States have signed the Treaty and 157 have ratified it (see interactive map). However for the CTBT to enter into force, eight States - from a list of 44 defined as nuclear technology holders - have yet to ratify to meet the Treaty’s stringent entry into force requirement: China, DPRK, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.
International Forum for a Nuclear Weapons Free World in Astana, Kazakhstan
The International Forum for a Nuclear Weapons Free World opens on 29 August 2012 in Astana, Kazakhstan. It marks the 21st anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Test Site and the country’s continuing efforts towards the elimination of nuclear threats. Lassina Zerbo, Director of the CTBTO's International Data Centre Division, will address the conference ( speech