Another step closer to ending nuclear tests forever

Indonesian parliament decides to ratify CTBT

On 6 December 2011, the parliament of Indonesia unanimously adopted a bill ratifying the CTBT. As one of the nine States that must ratify before the Treaty can become global law, this was a highly significant move. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa explained the motivation for Indonesia’s decision in an op-ed in the Jakarta Post.

Read the highlight here.

World leaders welcome ratification of the CTBT by the Indonesian Parliament

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and U.S. President Barack Obama were among the first congratulators. Foreign ministers from around the world welcomed Indonesia’s step.

Read more here.

Carl Bildt & Patricia Espinosa Cantellano: Endorse the CTBT!

"Indonesia has set an example; now the spotlight is on you." The Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Mexico, Carl Bildt and Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, co-authored an op-ed on the occasion of Indonesia's ratification of the CTBT. They urge world leaders and civil society to redouble efforts in support of the CTBT.

Read the op-ed here.

Advanced Course on the CTBT

On 9 December, the two week long Advanced Science Course on the CTBT verification technologies concluded successfully in Vienna. The goal of the course was to train the next generation of CTBT experts. The CTBTO plans to continue and even expand its training efforts.

Read more here.

New Video on the March Japan Crisis and the CTBTO

In the aftermath of the triple disaster that struck Japan in March 2011, the CTBTO’s ultra-sensitive monitoring stations tracked the crisis and kept authorities informed. This proved to be an indispensable tool for disaster prevention and mitigation.

See video here.

Interview with Tunisian Ambassador Samir Koubaa

On 11 December, Tunisia became the 42nd country to sign a Facility Agreement with the CTBTO.  Such agreements address the entire bandwidth of issues regarding IMS facilities between the host country and the CTBTO.

Read the interview here.

Third nuclear test after Kim-Jong-il’s death?

After the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, some political analysts speculate that his successor might conduct a third nuclear test as a demonstration of power (image: North Korean propaganda poster), both domestically and internationally.

Read the articles by Reuters, Associated Press and The Economist

Infamous Anniversaries – the Baneberry incident

On 18 December 1970, the United States conducted the 'Baneberry' nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. Although the explosion was set off 270 metres below the surface, a large cloud of radioactive dust was released into the atmosphere.

Read more here.



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