Extensive support for the CTBT during the first week of the NPT Review Conference

"Putting an end to nuclear explosions" at the UN headquarters in New York.

CTBTO exhibition "Putting an end to nuclear explosions" opens in New York

"Putting an end to nuclear explosions is more than the name of this exhibition – it is one of the longest-standing goals of the United Nations,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York on 4 March 2010 when launching an exhibition that illustrates the history of nuclear testing and the long and arduous path to adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).


Read the CTBTO highlight here, find the UN news article here, and watch the video recording of the opening here.

Marty Natalegawa and Tibor Toth at the NPT Review Conference in New York.

Extensive support for the CTBT during the first day of the NPT Review Conference

“I wish to inform the present august assembly that Indonesia is initiating the process of the ratification of the CTBT,” Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, told  the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference on its first day on 3 May 2010.


Read the CTBTO highlight here and find the CTBTO press release on Indonesia's ratification announcement here.

Numerous NPT delegations welcome Jakarta’s announcement to ratify the CTBT

Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister.

“I welcome Indonesia's important announcement,” said U.S. President Barack Obama. “The United States is committed to the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and to its early entry into force, and we will work with the United States Senate to help achieve advice and consent to this important international agreement.” Numerous other countries also welcomed Indonesia’s step.


Read the US statement here and find more on the CTBTO Newsroom here.


More countries pledge to move forward on CTBT ratification

As one of the central components of the disarmament and non-proliferation regime, progress on achieving entry into force and universality of the CTBT represents a barometer with which to gauge success at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. In this light, the first week of the Conference was a great success, with a couple of countries pledging to ratify the CTBT in the near future and an overwhelming majority of delegations stating their support for the Treaty.


Read the CTBTO Highlight here.

Tribute to Stephen Ledogar

Speaking on the fourth day of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), paid tribute to Stephen Ledogar, a principal negotiator of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), who passed away on 3 May 2010.


Read more on the CTBTO website here and the NYT obituary here.

Participants discussing at the second "Conference on Treaties that Establish Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones."

Making the whole world a nuclear-weapon-free zone

“Nuclear-weapon-free zones and the CTBT are bound in spirit and letter,” Jean du Preez, representing the CTBTO, told a gathering of Member States of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ) on 30 April 2010 in New York. “They both contain legal obligations to prohibit nuclear tests.”


Read the CTBTO Highlight  here.

"OSCE is a driving force for disarmament and non-proliferation," Tóth says

Tibor Tóth, CTBTO Executive Secretary, addressing the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation.

“Our two organizations are at the forefront of the international community’s efforts for disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons” and “you can make a difference because of the example you have set,” Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on 28 April 2010 in Vienna.

Read the CTBTO Highlight here.

Anatoly Antonov, Director for Security and Disarmament Affairs in the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, speaking on behalf of the P5.

U.S., other big powers to refrain from atomic tests

"We reaffirm our determination to abide by our respective moratoria on nuclear test explosions before entry into force of the CTBT and call on all States to refrain from conducting a nuclear test explosion," stated Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov on behalf of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States at the NPT Review Conference. “We will continue our efforts aimed at early entry into force of the CTBT and achieving its universality and call upon all states that have not yet done so to sign and ratify this treaty.”


Read more here and find the P5 statement here.

Katsuya Okada and Guido Westerwelle, Japan's and Germany’s Foreign Ministers.

Japan, Germany seek consensus on nuke cuts

“Another important step toward the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons is preventing the development of new nuclear warheads, as recently announced in the NPR. In this regard, the entry into force of the CTBT is essential. However, this treaty--signed by the vast majority of the international community nearly 15 years ago--still requires the signature and/or ratification by nine states for its entry into force. We call upon these states to promptly sign and/or ratify the CTBT. Japan and Germany will deepen discussions on this issue at the NPT Review Conference and will actively work to facilitate the early entry into force of the CTBT,” wrote Katsuya Okada and Guido Westerwelle, Japan's and Germany’s Foreign Ministers, in an editorial.


Read more here.

"How long a wait?" Ban asks about nuke test treaty

"The bottom line is this: It has been 15 years since the treaty was opened for signature. How long must we wait?"  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked the 2010 NPT Review Conference delegates.


Read more here.

Ellen Tauscher, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Obama to hold off on CTBT ratification for now: official

"The Obama administration's priority is to get the START treaty ratified," Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher told a press conference on the sidelines of the NPT Review Conference."That will take us through the legislative year [and the Obama administration will send the CTBT to the Senate] "when the political conditions are right."


Read more here.

First day of the 2010 NPT Review Review Conference.

Indonesia takes the lead on the CTBT

“Jakarta's ratification announcement demonstrates the commitment of a key Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) country to disarmament and nonproliferation—two of the three pillars of the NPT. Moreover, it will put additional pressure on the Nuclear-Weapon States (NWS) to fulfill their own NPT commitments—particularly China and the United States, as both continue to withhold ratification of the CTBT. Finally, it should contribute significantly to creating and sustaining a positive atmosphere at the NPT Review Conference,” argue Sean Dunlop and Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.


Read more here.

Pierre Goldschmidt, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Why not start with a nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East?

“The first [of a number of practical and balanced regional confidence-building measures] should be to promote a "Nuclear-Test-Free Zone" in the Middle East under an agreement committing inter alia all states in the region—in particular Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen — to ratify the CTBT within an agreed period of time,” argues Pierre Goldschmidt, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy director general for safeguards at the IAEA.


Read more here.

U.S. nuke agenda may bring success at treaty session

Patricia Lewis, Deputy Director at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

"Although there's a lot of good will over the changes in U.S. policy, what there's unease about is whether or not the U.S. administration can deliver, for example, on the CTBT," said Patricia Lewis, a nuclear expert at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. "We mustn't be complacent."


Read more here.