20 years closure of the
Semipalatinsk test site

Building momentum for the CTBT

New video featuring the Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Australia, Indonesia, Finland, the Netherlands, Vietnam, and other high-level officials. Their comments succinctly capture the current political thinking on the CTBT, the CTBTO’s performance so far and the Treaty’s future.

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CTBTO monitoring stations in Argentina

Watch CTBTO staff on a mission to Argentina to maintain and upgrade our monitoring stations in some of the most remote and breathtaking settings on Earth.

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20 years closure of the Semipalatinsk test site

In commemoration of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, Kazakhstan hosted the International Forum for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World in Astana on 12 and 13 October. The Forum adopted a declaration calling, inter alia, on the nine hold out States to ratify the CTBT.

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Towards a complete nuclear test ban (Euronews)

The video report from the International Forum and the Semipalatinsk test site includes interviews with the heads of IAEA and CTBTO and features animations of the CTBTO’s global alarm system.

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Russia reaffirms strong support for the CTBT

During his visit to Moscow in late September, CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth spoke with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other high-level Russian politicians. Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s support for what he described as “one of the most important international legal instruments.”

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Reuters and Global Security Newswire interviews

While welcoming the growing interest of U.S. politicians in the CTBT, Tibor Tóth stresses that “other countries should not wait for U.S. ratification.” He underlines his determination to continue to push for the nine remaining ratifications, acknowledging that this effort “will be more a marathon than a sprint.”

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CTBTO Member States take test-ban verification to the next level

The CTBTO’s highest decision-making body has approved a three-year budget of over US$ 10 million to boost the organization’s on-site inspection capabilities. The next major on-site inspection exercise will be conducted in 2014.

Read the press release here.

Infamous Anniversaries – first DPRK nuclear test

Five years ago, on 9 October 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, triggering worldwide condemnation. For the CTBTO’s emerging monitoring system it was the first real-life stress test. Although still incomplete, the system detected the test immediately and precisely.

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Advanced Course on the CTBT

Eager to learn more about the CTBT and its verification regime? Register now for the free Advanced Course on the verification technologies of the CTBT, to take place from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Participate in person in Vienna or online.

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A farewell to nuclear arms, by Mikhail Gorbachev (European Daily)

Recalling the 25th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit, Gorbachev states that U.S. ratification of the CTBT would constitute an important first step toward global nuclear disarmament and could also encourage the remaining holdouts to reconsider the Treaty.

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10 years Seibersdorf CTBTO laboratory

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Seibersdorf CTBTO laboratory, Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger (left) hosted a reception in his ministry’s illustrious Marmorsaal.

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The nuclear test ban at 15 (The Japan Times)

On the CTBT’s 15th anniversary, an editorial in the Japan Times calls for a continuation of Japan’s support for the Treaty and urges the nine outstanding Annex 2 States to ratify.

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Bringing the CTBT into force: looking back at the 2011 Article XIV conference (VERTIC)

According to VERTIC, it is crucial to break the stalemate between the nine hold out States. This article presents two upcoming opportunities to promote the CTBT’s entry into force.

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