United Nations Secretary-General convenes the 2003 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

4 July 2003


The Conference is being convened under Article XIV of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and will take place at the Austria Centre at Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 5 September 2003. The purpose of the Conference is to examine ways and means to accelerate the Treaty's entry into force.

In his invitation letter, the Secretary-General advises that he, as Depositary of the Treaty, has been requested to convene the Conference by a majority of States which have already deposited their instruments of ratification of the Treaty. The letter also advises that it is the wish of these States that the Conference be attended at a high level. All States, both Signatories and those which have not yet signed, are invited to attend the conference, as are specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations which have been granted observer status. Non-Governmental Organizations are also invited to attend.

Article XIV of the Treaty states that if the Treaty has not entered into force three years after the date of the anniversary of its opening for signature, a conference may be held upon the request of a majority of ratifying States. Previous Conferences on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Treaty have been held in Vienna in 1999, and in New York in 2001.