Media Advisory: Leading international
figures will address a conference to
promote the Treaty that will ban
all nuclear weapons testing on Earth.
Putting an end to nuclear test explosions!
Ministerial Level Conference on September 24 featuring:
U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON,
FORMER U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY,
U.N. MESSENGER OF PEACE MICHAEL DOUGLAS
Leading international figures will address a conference to promote the Treaty that will ban all nuclear weapons testing on Earth.
The Fourth Ministerial Meeting to promote the early entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will take place, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 at 09:30 at the United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 2, in New York, United States. It will be followed by a press briefing at 11:00 in the Press Room (S-226), the second floor of the U.N. Secretariat Building.
Seven Foreign Ministers have convoked the meeting:
- Australia, H. E. Mr. Stephen SMITH
- Austria, H.E. Ms. Ursula PLASSNIK
- Canada, H.E. Mr. David EMERSON
- Costa Rica, H.E. Mr. Bruno STAGNO UGARTE
- Finland, H.E. Mr. Alexander STUBB
- Japan, H.E. Mr. Masahiko KOUMURA
- the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Maxime VERHAGEN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will give welcoming remarks. There will be a special presentation by former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry and U.N. Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor/producer Michael Douglas. Following the ministerial meeting, there will be a press conference at 11am in Room 226 featuring Dr. Perry, Mr. Douglas, Dr. Plassnik, Mr. Stagno, Mr. Smith and Executive Secretary of the CTBT secretariat, Mr. Tibor Tóth.
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions on Earth. Although already signed by 179 and ratified by 144 countries, the Treaty can only enter into force once signed and ratified by 44 specific states. Nine have yet to do so: China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States. In order to raise political momentum for the early entry-into-force of the CTBT, the Ministers will adopt a Joint Ministerial Statement. The Joint Ministerial Statement of the 2006 Ministerial Meeting in 2006 was endorsed by 72 Foreign Ministers.
For accreditation information, see the UN website.
For events-related information contact: Annika Thunborg,Spokesperson, CTBTO
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