The Integrated Field Exercise 2008

UNSG Ban, Douglas and Perry at CTBT Meeting on 24/9 in New York

Foreign Ministers,
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry and
U.N. Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas

will address a conference to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to ban all nuclear weapons testing on Earth. This Fourth Ministerial Meeting to promote the early entry into force of the CTBT has been convened by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan and the Netherlands.

Read the media invitation here

Read the last Joint Ministerial Statement (PDF) from 2006 here

New CTBTO Spectrum to be distributed at CTBT Ministerial Meeting

Prominent authors such as President Arias of Costa Rica, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Ambassadors Kampelman and Graham, Arms Control Association's Director Kimball and others have contributed to the latest issue of the CTBTO Spectrum, which is available in print and online as of now.

CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth visits Kazakhstan

Against the backdrop of the on-site inspection exercise taking place in Kazakhstan, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Tibor Tóth, met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov and other high-ranking Kazakh officials.

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Taking off for a visual observation overflight

CTBT inspectors implement test scenario in Kazakh steppe

The on-site inspection exercise IFE08 in Kazakhstan is now well into its initial phase. The two teams, inspectors and 'Arcanians' have become accustomed to their roles.  Following the initial spell of bad weather, instruments and equipment are being deployed in the inspection area to look for signs of a clandestine nuclear explosion. 

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2004 tsunami devastation in Sri Lanka

CTBTO tsunami warning arrangements with the Philippines, Australia

The Philippines and Australia signed tsunami warning arrangements on 12 September. Through the fast and reliable data of the International Monitoring System, both countries will be able to improve their tsunami early-warning systems and issue warnings to their populations faster than before.

Read the press release here 

Read a related article in the IHT here

Migration of Global Communications Infrastructure complete

The entire Global Communication System (GCI) has been transferred to the network of the new service over the last 10 months. Over 210 stations all over the world have been adapted. The GCI now meets the highests standards of data availability, confidentiality and reliability.

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Tauscher: India nuclear deal sets a dangerous precedent

U.S. Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher criticises the decision of the Nuclear Supplier's Group to exempt India: "The Nuclear Suppliers Group's decision to allow India to benefit from nuclear trade marks the first time a country that is not a member of the Nonproliferation Treaty will have the benefits of nuclear trade without any of the responsibilities." Congresswoman Tauscher met with top officials from the IAEA and the CTBTO in Vienna on 8 September 2008.

Read the full press statement here

Carter: India nuclear deal puts world at risk

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter writes that the U.S. government has been setting a bad example in recent years, having abandoned, inter alia, binding limitations on testing nuclear weapons. The India deal, he explains, further undermines the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the decision by the Nuclear Supplier's Group failing to even clarifying penalties in the event of a resumption of nuclear testing by India.

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Mulford: India has sovereign right to conduct nuclear tests

On the issue of nuclear testing, US Ambassador to India, David C Mulford, underlined in an interview that "India has had and will always have the sovereign right to conduct a test". Asked whether India has made a commitment not to conduct tests, the Ambassador said “it does not have to.”

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