15 Years of Successful Fight against Nuclear Testing

CTBTO 15 years celebrations

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Austrian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Wolfgang Waldner were amongst those to address the festivities marking the 15th anniversary of the CTBTO at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria.

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Indonesia formalizes endorsement of the CTBT

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa personally submitted the instrument of his country's ratification of the CTBT to the UN Secretary-General. Indonesia has now officially become the 157th country to ratify the Treaty. This also brings down to eight the number of countries on the way to the Treaty’s entry into force.

Read the highlight here.

‘Close the Door on Nuclear Testing’: new video

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and people from around the globe have contributed their voices to CTBTO’s campaign for an end to all nuclear testing. Join us. Speak out now for a safer, more secure world!

Watch the video and upload your own video response here.

Large voluntary contribution by Japan

Japan has made a voluntary contribution of around US$ 730,000 to the CTBTO to boost its capabilities to track and predict airborne radioactivity after nuclear tests or nuclear accidents.

Read the press release here.

CTBTO head at conference of Tlatelolco Treaty

Latin America and the Caribbean was the first region in the world to establish a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone with the Treaty of Tlatelolco. On 14 February, States Parties to this treaty convened in Mexico City to celebrate the 45th anniversary.

Read the address by CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth here (PDF).

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Resolution, by Nayyer Shamsi (Newsdawn blog)

Indian scholar Nayyer Shamsi comments on India’s stance towards the CTBT, arguing that it should be decoupled from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that in due time, CTBT signature and ratification will be in India’s interest.

Read the op-ed here.

5 Foolproof Methods for Detecting Secret Nuclear Bomb Tests, by Keith Veronese (io9)

CTBT technologies explained in simple terms: The internet publication platform io9 gives an overview of current technologies (such as infrasound – image) used to monitor the Earth for nuclear weapon testing.

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Google Maps app on effect of nuclear explosion

Visualize the devastation – in terms of fireball, shockwave and radiation - a nuclear explosion would cause in your hometown with the Nukemap Google Maps-based application developed by Alex Wellerstein from the American Institute of Physics.

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Infamous Anniversaries— 1st French nuclear test

On 13 February 1960, France conducted its first nuclear test 'Gerboise Bleue' in the Algerian Sahara desert. With 70 kilotons, the test was unusually large for a first nuclear test. France conducted a total of 210 nuclear tests, of which 17 took place in Algeria between 1960 and 1967.

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