Media Advisory - Linton Brooks, Wendy Watson-Wright, W. Lee Howell at CTBTO event

Vienna, 12 November 2012

Members of the media are invited to hear prominent speakers at an event organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on Friday 16 November

  • Former U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration head Linton Brooks will focus on prospects for nuclear arms control after the recent U.S. elections (09:50)
  • World Economic Forum Managing Director W. Lee Howell will place the issue of banning nuclear tests in the broader perspective of global risks (13:00, lunch reception/presentation).
  • On Monday, 19 November, UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Executive Secretary Wendy Watson-Wright will give a scientific keynote speech on CTBTO Tsunami Warning: Cooperation with

Participants will also hear CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth, Columbia University Professor Paul Richards and many others (see full programme for the 2-week course).

The event takes place in room M1 at the Vienna International Centre. Please register your interest in participating, indicating whether you intend to bring video equipment, with Pablo Mehlhorn:, Tel. +43 1 26030-6451. The event can be also followed via live-stream. Recordings and lectures can be viewed on the CTBTO's iTunes U page (requires iTunes). For interview requests with the participants, please contact Annika Thunborg (contact info below).

Background on the Course

The event is part of an in-depth introductory science course on the technologies used to monitor clandestine nuclear testing in violation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The course Around the Globe and Around the Clock: The Science and Technology of the CTBT is being held in Vienna from 12 to 23 November. Around 500 participants from over 70 countries have signed up to follow the course online or in person. The course is part of the Capacity Development Initiative (CDI), which aims to train and educate the next generation of CTBT experts in the technical, scientific, legal and political aspects of the Treaty and its verification regime.

Background on the CTBT

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere. A verification regime with over 330 facilities will, when complete, monitor the globe around the clock for nuclear explosions to detect Treaty violations. Over 85% of these facilities are already operational: see interactive map. Once the CTBT has entered into force, on-site inspections will allow for a ground search to detect signs of a nuclear explosion.

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

Annika Thunborg,
Spokesperson and Chief of Public Information

T    +43 1 26030-6375 
M    +43 699 1459 6375      

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