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


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)

  • 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

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

  • Interview requests with conference participants: contact Annika Thunborg (Tel: +43-1-26030-6375 or +43-699-1459-6375)

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


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: +43-1-26030-6375 or +43-699-1459-6375) or Kirsten Haupt (Tel: +43-1-26030-6127 or +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


NGO registration
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that wish to attend the conference are encouraged to apply to the Secretariat of the Conference at their earliest convenience, see here for details. Point of contact:

Ray Acheson
NGO Coordinator
Reaching Critical Will
777 UN Plaza, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: (1-212) 682-1265
Fax: (1-212) 286-8211


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 154. 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.

On the occasion of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on 29 August 2011, the UN Secretary General declared:

"I urge all States that have not yet signed or ratified the Treaty to do so as a matter of priority.  Achieving that goal would further reinforce the growing movement for a nuclear-weapon-free world.  Every day, more and more people are viewing both nuclear tests and nuclear weapons as dangerous relics of the cold war, long-overdue for permanent retirement. On this International Day against Nuclear Tests, I call on all States to take a bold step towards a safer and saner world for all."

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  
T    +43 1 26030-6375 
E    annika.thunborgping@ctbtopong.org
M    +43 699 1459 6375      
I    www.ctbto.org

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