National Day of Remembrance for
Downwinders in the United States

27 January is National Day of Remembrance for ‘Downwinders’ in the United States

In November 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating 27 January as the Day of Remembrance in recognition of the harm caused to Americans by fallout from nuclear testing at Nevada. Stressing that “it must never happen again”, many ‘downwinders’ are pressing for U.S. ratification of the CTBT. Reports on the event by The Salt Lake Tribune, WAND, KPBS and Ploughshares; personal accounts by  The Salt Lake Tribune, The Daily Herald and KCPW.

Guatemala has ratified the CTBT

On 12 January 2012, Guatemala became the 156th country to ratify the CTBT. This leaves only two more countries, Cuba and Dominica, before the entire region of Latin America and the Caribbean adheres fully to the CTBT.

Read the press release here.

2011 – a year of important achievements for the CTBT and the CTBTO

2011 was a year of challenges: in March the CTBTO helped track radiation from the damaged Fukushima power plant. More States committed to banning nuclear tests by ratifying the CTBT. Among them was Indonesia, one of the few countries whose ratification is precondition for the entry into force of the CTBT.

Read the highlight here.

The UN connecting with academics and civil Society

The CTBTO participated actively in the 2nd annual conference organized by the Vienna liaison office of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) from 11 to 13 January 2012 at the UN Offices in Vienna, Austria.

Read the highlight here.

Op-ed by Tibor Tóth in Kazakstankaya Pravda

"I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the Kazakh people for the cause of nuclear disarmament," says CTBTO head Tibor Tóth (seen here at the Semipalatinsk Test Site) in an op-ed published by the Kazakh Pravda on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.

Read the op-ed here.

Doomsday Clock moves forward 1 minute

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its iconic clock one minute closer to ‘midnight’, indicating deterioration in international security. One of the main reasons cited is the slow progress towards the CTBT’s entry into force.

Read more here.

Ending the Nuclear Evil, by Hira B Thapa (Nepal News)

Veteran Nepalese diplomat Hira B Thapa talks about the crucial role of the CTBT for peace and security in the South Asia region (image: CTBT status in the Middle East and South Asia) and for achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

Read the op-ed here.

Time to ratify nuclear test ban treaty, by Stephen A. Cheney (CNN)

The retired Marine brigadier general and CEO of the non-partisan think-tank American Security Project argues in favour of CTBT ratification by the United States on the grounds of strengthening national security and enhancing strategic stability.

Read the op-ed here.

BOOK REVIEW: Heinz Gärtner's "Obama and the Bomb"

The think tank British American Security Information Council (BASIC) has published the first review in English of the book “Obama and the Bomb” by Austrian Professor Dr. Heinz Gärtner. Several of the essays refer to Obama’s Prague speech in 2009 and the declared intention to pursue the ratification of the CTBT.

Read the book review here.

Infamous Anniversaries – the first nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site

The air-dropped Able test on 27 January 1951 was the first U.S. nuclear test conducted at the Nevada Test Site - the first of 928 nuclear tests, more than at any other test site in the world.

Read more here.



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