Media Advisory - CTBTO Intensive Policy Course, 16-20 July 2012 Multilateral Verification, Collective Security: the Contribution of the CTBT

Vienna, 2 July 2012

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is holding an intensive course Multilateral Verification, Collective Security: The Contribution of the CTBT from 16-20 July 2012 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Austria.

Joseph Cirincione, the President of the Ploughshares Fund, will deliver a keynote address during the opening session on Monday 16 July 2012.

Leading experts in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament will give lectures throughout the week-long course, with opportunities for questions and answers.  Among them, Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Acronym Institute; Pierce Corden, Visiting Scholar at the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy; and Andreas Persbo, Executive Director of VERTIC

Journalists are invited to attend and participate in discussions.  

Other highlights include:

  • A special ambassadorial panel on the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT); 

  • A high-level panel on effective verification of the CTBT featuring, among others, Ellen Williams, the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences report committee on the CTBT and;

  • A briefing on North Korea’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

See the provisional course agenda here.

The course starts on 16 July at 9:30CET in Board Room B of the M-Building, in the VIC.  From 17-20 July it will be held in the Press Room (MOE71A) of the M-Building. 

Over 100 participants are expected, from a range of backgrounds including university students, academics, researchers, civil society and representatives from permanent missions and government agencies.

The course is part of the CTBTO’s Capacity Development Initiative to inspire the next generation of CTBT experts by raising awareness about the political, legal and technical aspects of the Treaty. 

Journalists wishing to attend should register online here by 11 July 2012. Journalists without permanent accreditation to the VIC must also email: Opens window for sending email[email protected] requesting access to the building.       

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Thomas Mützelburg

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Kirsten Gregorich Hansen
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