UN General Assembly's First Committee endorses CTBT resolution by 168 to one votes

Near unanimous support for the CTBT in the UN General Assembly First Committee

In an impressive display of support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the United Nation's General Assembly First Committee has approved a resolution calling for the Treaty's entry into force by 168 votes in favour, one against and three abstentions.

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Inter Parliamentary Union discusses securing entry into force of the CTBT

The Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) held its last assembly meeting in Geneva on 14 October 2008. A panel discussion at the meeting was devoted to the subject "Advancing Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Securing the Entry into Force of the CTBT: The role of parliaments". Many delegations underlined the importance of the Treaty ratification by the nine remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is necessary for entry into force.

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National Data Centres conduct a training exercise to enhance their ability to detect and identify nuclear tests

A group of around 20 National Data Centres have embarked upon a joint exercise to enhance their ability to detect and identify nuclear explosions. The exercise is based upon the measuring data distributed on a routine basis by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), which is otherwise not involved in the exercise.

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CTBTO Executive Secretary attends Summit of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth attended the summit meeting of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in Québec City, Canada, from 17 to 19 October 2008. On the margins of the meeting, Tóth held bilateral talks with a number of delegations.

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UN Secretary General: "We need new efforts to bring the CTBT into force"

In a panel discussion on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee hosted by the EastWest Institute, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered a five-point proposal to work towards a nuclear weapon free world. He described this goal as "a global public good of the highest order". One of the proposed steps included "new efforts to bring the CTBT into force".

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U.S. Defense Secretary Gates expresses conditional support for CTBT ratification

In a policy address delivered at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., U.S. Defense Secretary Gates stated that he would support ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty "if there are adequate verification measures”.

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India and U.S. presidential election

In his analysis of the possible outcome of the U.S. presidential elections, Siddharth Varadarajan predicts that a victory of the U.S. Democratic candidate might lead to U.S. ratification of the CTBT, which would in turn lead to ratification by China. The author advises India "to prepare itself for the inevitability of the CTBT coming back on to the international agenda".

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Commentary: The U.S.-India Nuclear Deal and Nonproliferation

In an article published by the Washington-based NGO Center for Strategic & International Studies, Ola Dahlman and Jenifer Mackby comment on the Indian stance on nuclear testing. According to the authors, "India has a historic record of supporting a ban on nuclear testing. On April 2, 1954, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru took the first international initiative by calling for a “standstill agreement” on nuclear testing."

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Obama appears a hit in India as well

The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) analyses the perception of the Indian public towards the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The article cites Lalit Mansingh, India’s former ambassador to the U.S., who stated "India will be under enormous pressure to sign the CTBT...But that’s not all bad news. If China and others agree and the CTBT become universal, it will not be in India’s interest to resist it”.

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