The Science & Technology Conference 2011

The Science & Technology Conference 2011

The CTBT Science & Technology 2011 Conference

Five hundred scientists from around the world participated in the S&T2011 conference in Vienna from 8 to 10 June. Two renowned scientists gave keynote speeches: U.S. physicist Richard Garwin and Canadian geophysicist David Strangway.

Read the highlight here or see the introductory video and the video address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ghana becomes the 154th State to ratify the CTBT

“Ghana's ratification of the CTBT further solidifies the resolve of African nations to forever rid the continent and the world of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon testing,” said CTBTO Executive Secretary, Tibor Tóth. Russia also welcomed the ratification.

Read the press release here.

CTBTO Member States appoint two female directors

The Administration and International Monitoring System Divisions will be headed by women, bringing female representation at senior management level to 22%.  The highest-ranking head of delegation at the Member States’ meeting was also a woman: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller (statement).

Read the press release here.

New edition of CTBTO Spectrum

Our 16th edition includes contributions by Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan, the President of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey and New Zealand's Disarmament Minister Georgina te Heuheu. Three data analysts working at the CTBTO provide insights into the challenges and rewards of their job.

Click here for summary or image for PDF.

Ready to contribute to nuclear accident response

“The recent tragic events in Japan highlighted the urgent need for cooperation between sister Organizations. Through its network of stations the CTBTO was able to provide reliable, real time, accurate and verified data on the March 11 incident in Japan,” said CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety from 20 to 24 June 2011 in Vienna."

Read the full speech here.

New Video - CTBT: The Treaty and its People

The aim of the CTBT is to prohibit nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere, always. The Treaty dates back to 1996, but as long as it has not entered into force the threat of nuclear testing remains. The importance of the Treaty and its verification system is a compelling reason for people to raise their voices and be heard around the world.

See the video here or click image.

Battleland blog interview with CTBTO head

“A CTBT in force would freeze the global status quo in qualitative nuclear weapons development.” – Tóth is optimistic that India and Pakistan will also come to the conclusion that the CTBT is in their respective national and collective security interests. (Time)

Read the interview here.

The CTBTO at the NAM Summit in Bali

The Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) play a key role for the CTBT.  Six of the nine Annex 2 States that have yet to ratify the CTBT for its entry into force are NAM members. CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth met with foreign ministers on the margins of the Bali summit to promote the Treaty.

Read the highlight here.

"In the CTBT context, Indonesia’s ratification would add visibility to global efforts to bring the treaty into force. It could also help create positive momentum in the United States and underline the need for public debate in the remaining states, particularly in China and among the NAM." (

Read the article here.

Special universalization outreach effort

From 7 to 10 June 2011, high-ranking diplomats and officials from the Comoros, Cuba, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Sao Tome and Principe, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Swaziland participated in an information visit to the CTBTO. The visit included a roundtable discussion with other CTBTO Member States on civil and scientific applications of the CTBT's verification regime.

Read the highlight here.

Reconsidering the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Sorting Fact from Fiction

“Staunch opponents of the CTBT have taken notice of the Obama administration’s effort to engage the Senate on the CTBT. Unfortunately, these “pro-testers” are only too willing to ignore key facts and repeat outdated myths about the Test Ban Treaty…A new ACA Issue Brief counters the Heritage Foundation’s myths about the CTBT.” (Arms Control Accociation)

Read the Issue Brief here.

Conditions on Indian NSG Membership

“A second criteria … that our Indian colleague dismisses as “meaningless” would require non-NPT states to ‘have signed and ratified the CTBT’ … will members of the NSG welcome a state for which ‘the CTBT is a dead issue?’ ”  (Carnegie Endowment)

Read the article here.

"Before even considering membership options for India (or Pakistan or Israel), NSG members should actively encourage India to...translate its existing nuclear test moratorium into a legally binding ban by signing the CTBT." (Arms Control Association)

Read the article here.

Nations should release global nuclear-monitoring data

“Governments may be nervous about such openness, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. The CTBTO has proved its worth in recent years. It detected North Korean nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, and has captured detailed seismic data on major earthquakes.” (Nature)

Read the article here.

Millions Fewer Girls Born Due to Nuclear Radiation?

“Nuclear radiation from bomb tests and power plant accidents causes slightly more boys than girls to be born, a new study suggests…Millions fewer females have been born worldwide than would otherwise be expected, researchers estimate.” (National Geographic)

Read the article here.

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