Indonesia prepares for ratification

Indonesia prepares for CTBT ratification

A large group of Indonesian Parliamentarians visited the CTBTO on 22 November in preparation of Indonedia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The group represented various political parties, all of which support the step. CTBTO head Tibor Tóth and senior staff members briefed the group on the ongoing build-up of the verification regime. On 30 November, the Indonesian Parliament’s Defense and Foreign Policy Commission approved the national legislation for ratification of the CTBT. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa attended the meeting (see Newsroom for details).

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Michael Douglas: Has your country ratified the CTBT?

In a new series of TV spots launched today, Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, calls on all countries to support the CTBT and help end nuclear testing, forever. In particular, Douglas appeals to those countries that have not yet ratified the Treaty to do so without delay, so that it can enter into force and become global law.

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Advanced Course on the CTBT kicks off

The Advanced Course on the CTBT verification technologies started this week. The course, taking place from 28 November to 9 December in Vienna, is designed to train and educate a new generation of CTBT experts. It can also be followed online via video-streaming. Click image for introduction by CTBTO head Tibor Tóth.

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CTBTO cross-regional workshop in Istanbul

Around 70 experts from 30 countries participated in the cross-regional workshop Role of the CTBT in regional and global security, co-organized by the Government of Turkey and the CTBTO in Istanbul from 15 to 17 November.

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The CTBTO at the Jeju Disarmament Conference

CTBTO head Tibor Tóth was one of the keynote speakers at the 10th United Nations Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues in Jeju, Republic of Korea, from 7 to 8 November (click for video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon). Tóth gave an interview to Yonhap News Agency.

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Next major scientific conference in June 2013

The CTBTO is pleased to announce that the next conference CTBT Science, Technology and Innovation 2013 (STI2013) will be held in Vienna in June 2013. The format will build on the previous 2011 scientific conference which welcomed 700 participants from 100 countries.  

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Reagan & Reykjavik: by James Goodby and Nathan Pyle (The Hill)

James Goodby, high-level arms control negotiator in the Reagan Administration, and Nathan Pyles, Director of The Reagan Vision, argue for ratification of the CTBT by the U.S. Senate.

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Getting to yes - Interview with Rose Gottemoeller

In this interview with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Gottemoeller addresses a range of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues, including several questions on the CTBT, its verifiability and the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship program.

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Video: Next on-site inspection exercise authorized

Video on the CTBTO produced by the U.S. Mission to the UN in Vienna. It reports on last month’s unanimous decision taken by CTBTO Member States to authorize a new large-scale on-site inspection exercise in 2014, the Integrated Field Exercise.

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2x VERTIC on CTBT verification

Disarmament expert John Walker explores the relationship between verification and deterrence with a view to the CTBT’s International Monitoring System. VERTIC’s Ryoji Sakai emphasizes the importance of on-site inspections for the CTBT regime in light of the recently approved Integrated Field Exercise in 2014.

Haunted by past, Kazakhstan shuns nuclear bomb

Reuters reports on the legacy of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan and on the country’s historic decision to shut down the Semipalatinsk Test Site.

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Infamous Anniversaries in November

8 November 1957: First UK thermonuclear test
22 November 1955: First Soviet thermonuclear test
26 November 1991: Last UK nuclear test



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