Media advisory - head of UN nuclear test watchdog to take part in Hiroshima and Nagasaki ceremonies

Executive Secretary Zerbo met the late Keijiro Matsushima, who was 16 at the time of the bombing of Hiroshima, in November 2013

Vienna, 27 July 2015

CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo will attend the ceremonies marking the 70th commemorations of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings on 6 and 9 August, respectively. On 7 August, Zerbo will give a keynote speech at a Symposium on nuclear disarmament issues at the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (CPDNP) in Tokyo.

Media Opportunities
•    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, 6 August 2015, 08:00 – 09:00: Registration for the event through City of Hiroshima
•    Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony, 9 August 2015, 10:35 – 11:48: Registration for the event through City of Nagasaki
•    Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo is available for interviews: Contact Ms Elisabeth Wächter, Opens window for sending, mob.: +43 699 1459 6375.

Looking ahead

On 24 to 25 August, the CTBT’s Group of Eminent Persons will meet Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Executive Secretary Zerbo to discuss ways to advance the entry into force of the Treaty. Separate information on media opportunities will follow.

The 1996 CTBT bans all nuclear explosions including underground. To date, 183 countries have signed the CTBT, of which 164 have formally endorsed the Treaty by ratifying it. However, eight States have yet to ratify for entry into force: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States. The CTBTO has established a verification regime capable of detecting nuclear explosions anywhere on the planet. It detected the North Korean nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 swiftly and precisely.

Interview requests with Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo and other media inquiries:
Elisabeth Wächter, Chief, Public Information (in Japan 5 – 9 July)
M    +43 699 1459 6375

Japanese version