Media Advisory - High-level conference
to promote ban on all nuclear testing
(Update)

Foreign ministers from around 100 countries will meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 23 September 2011 to promote the entry into force of the treaty that bans all nuclear testing. The Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty is open to the press and to NGOs.
 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the conference. The conference will be jointly chaired by Patricia Espinosa Cantellano and Carl Bildt, the Foreign Ministers of Mexico and Sweden respectively. The Foreign Ministers of the countries that presided the previous conference in 2009, Alain Juppé of France and Taib Fassi Fihri of Morocco, will be present.

Time & venue: Friday, 23 September 2011, 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00 at the UN Headquarters NY, Conference Room 4 (NLB), see agenda [PDF].


Items of media interest

  • Photo-op at the opening of the conference, Friday, 23 September 2011, 09.55, UN Headquarters NY, Conference Room 4 (NLB). Please be in the conference room at 9.50. The conference will start at 10.00 sharp.

  • Press briefing on 23 September 2011 at 11.30, at the UN Headquarters NY, Press Stake Out area NLB. Participants: UN Secretary General, the Foreign Ministers of Mexico and Sweden and CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth - live stream via UNTV

  • UN TV will cover the entire conference. Video material (also in HD upon request) will be pooled.

  • For key events / news follow CTBTO’s Twitter channel

  • Interview requests with conference participants: contact Annika Thunborg (Tel:+43-699-1459-6375)

  • More information: conference website, image and video packages on the CTBT/O for download

 

Related dates

22 September: UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security: The CTBTO plays a prominent role in the UN Secretary-General’s report on the Fukushima power plant accident. The report highlights that the CTBTO provided accurate, reliable first-hand information on the levels and dispersal of radioactivity worldwide, see excerpts.

23 September: Anniversary of the last U.S. nuclear test ‘Divider’ on 23 September 1993 before U.S. President George Bush (Rep.) signed legislature on a testing moratorium.

24 September: Fifteen years have passed since the CTBT opened for signature on 24 September 1996. Nuclear testing virtually ended then. Over 90 percent of the world’s countries have signed the Treaty, turning it into a de-facto international norm.


Media registration

Media representatives wishing to cover the conference that are not already accredited to the United Nations in New York must apply for media accreditation through the electronic application system. As seating is limited, media representatives wishing attend the conference are invited to contact at their earliest convenience Annika Thunborg (Tel: +43-699-1459-6375) or Kirsten Haupt (Tel: +43-699-1459-6127).

Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit contact information:
Isabelle Broyer, Chief, Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit
United Nations Headquarters, Room L-248
New York NY 10017, USA
Tel.: (1-212) 963 6934 or 963 6937
Fax: (1-212) 963 4642


Background

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions. The Treaty hampers both the initial development of nuclear weapons as well as the upgrade of existing designs. The Treaty also helps prevent damage caused by nuclear testing to humans and the environment.

The Treaty has been signed by 182 States and ratified by 155 (following Guinea's ratification on 20 September). However, the CTBT's stringent entry-into- force formula proscribes that 44 particular States need to ratify the Treaty for it to enter into force. These States possessed nuclear capabilities at the time of the Treaty negotiations in the mid-1990s. Nine of them have yet to ratify: China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States (the DPRK, India and Pakistan have also not yet signed the Treaty).

The Ministerial Conference on 23 September will adopt a Final Declaration deciding on concrete actions to promote the Treaty's entry into force will be adopted, aiming in particular at the above-mentioned nine.

The establishment of the CTBT verification regime to monitor the globe for nuclear explosions has progressed significantly since the last conference in 2009. A total of 285 of the planned 337 International Monitoring System facilities are now operational. The monitoring system detected the DPRK nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 in a fast and reliable manner. The system can also assist with disaster mitigation measures, in particular tsunami warning and radiation detection, as was the case with the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 

For further information on the CTBT, please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing,
or contact:

Annika Thunborg, Spokesperson and Chief, Public Information  
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