A powerful call to the nine CTBT holdouts

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

My name is BAN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and ministers from 155 States called upon the nine States that have yet to ratify the CTBT for entry into force, issuing a strong joint declaration. Ban garnered applause by pointing out that his very name expresses his support for the nuclear test ban.

Read press release here or see the conference page.

Close the door on nuclear testing!

It's time to take a stand against this nuclear recklessness. Send in YOUR video or picture to support our new campaign to close the door on nuclear testing, now and forever.

See campaign video & website here.

Time to translate words into action

Togzhan Kassenova from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace delivered the statement to the conference to promote the CTBT's entry into force on behalf of 36 non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.

Read the statement here.

Prominent international figures have written for Spectrum 17

Former Soviet leader Gorbachev, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago and the foreign ministers of Mexico, the Netherlands and Sweden and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes are amongst the prominent authors in the current issue of CTBTO Spectrum.

Read more here.

Guinea ratifies the CTBT

“A step that further consolidates Africa’s dedication to end nuclear testing and acts as a powerful beacon for the rest of the world” according to CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth. Guinea is the 155th State to galvanize its support for the CTBT.

Read the press release here.

Nuclear lessons unlearned

CTBTO head Tibor Tóth reflects on the breach of the US-Soviet testing moratorium 50 years ago, which was followed by a “veritable nuclear-testing frenzy” and the near-extinction of mankind.

Read the op-ed here.

CTBT course attracts participants from all continents

Participants from 79 countries attended a week-long course on the CTBT and its verification regime. The world’s leading expert on the North Korean nuclear programme, Siegfried Hecker, was among the lecturers.

Read the highlight  here.

Ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (LA Times)

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary and Director of Arms Control Association Daryl Kimball argue that while a robust U.S. nuclear arsenal can be maintained effectively without nuclear testing, the CTBT would hinder the first-time development of nuclear weapons or their enhancement elsewhere, especially in countries of concern.

Read the op-ed here.

Securing Valuable Global Services, by Michael Krepon (Arms Control Wonk)

The CTBTO's International Monitoring System provides valuable services to the entire international community. Until the CTBT enters into force, States should safeguard this investment by dropping the terms "Preparatory" from CTBTO and "Provisional" before Technical Secretariat.

Read the blog here.

UN study on the implications of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The report by the UN Secretary-General to the High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security in New York on 22 September (see webcast) acknowledges the CTBTO’s role and contribution.

Read the report here or relevant excerpts here.

A Detour Strategy for the Test Ban Treaty, by Liviu Horovitz (The Washington Quarterly)

An analysis of the prospects of CTBT ratification in the United States and a proposal for a multilayered strategy that also addresses China and Israel.

Read the article here (PDF).

Book: "Detect and Deter: Can Countries Verify the Nuclear Test Ban?"

The book addresses CTBT verification from the Member States’ perspective and offers a political and scientific analysis on the evolution of the Treaty over the years. The authors - Ola Dahlman, Hein Haak, Jenifer Mackby and Svein Mykkeltveit – have more than a century of test-ban verification experience between them.

Read more here.

Book: “Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Where Does India Stand?”by Carl Paddock

Barack Obama has made the CTBT a priority in his non-proliferation policy and has promised to seek Senate ratification of the Treaty. Once the U.S. ratifies, there will be extreme pressure on India to sign. Delving deep into the historical background of the CTBT, Paddock also examines India's stand on the Treaty.

Read more here.



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