Addressing the UNGA session in a video message
due to COVID-19 restrictions, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo emphasised the value of multilateralism and underlined the strong record of partnership between the UN and the CTBTO to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
“We cannot pursue narrow self-interest and expect to build a better future for the next generation. Seeking multilateral solutions to twenty-first century challenges remains the only viable approach,” Zerbo said.
Reporting on CTBTO’s work to promote the entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and build its unique verification system, Zerbo said the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic had confirmed it as a “mature, competent and effective Organization” with a high level of operational readiness.
“We are ready for the world,” he said. “With every new signature and ratification; with every new station built; and with every additional voice of support for the CTBT in international forums, it is increasingly clear that the world is ready for us.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
While underlining support for the CTBTO, the adoption of the resolution also ensures that the issue remains on the biennial agenda of the UNGA, to be introduced again at its 77th session.
Read the full message by CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo here