In this article by Sylvia Mishra, a CTBTO Youth Group member and a Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellow working with NTI’s Global Nuclear Policy Programme, talks about the significance of creating gender equality in the fields of nuclear policy, non-proliferation, disarmament and other related topics.

“In January 2018, the UN achieved a major milestone when it became clear that 23 out of the 44 most senior positions, excluding the UN Secretary General, were held by women.”

Even though this gender balance in senior positions at the UN is of significance for organizations working on global parity, it’s also relevant to mention that, for instance, at the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NTP) Review Conference in 2015, the 73.5% of registered diplomats were men and just 26.5% were women.

It is also important to note that does not suffice to increase the number of women’s voices on nuclear policy matters, but also to empower those voices. As Ambassador Susan Burk recently noted, “One of the biggest challenges women face working on hard security issues has been building a reputation as a serious and credible expert and strategic thinker on issues that historically have been the purview of men.”

Sylvia Misrha also suggests in her article that one of the best ways to address this issue is to promote women into leadership positions, and also to make sure that the next generation is fully equipped to understand complex nuclear issues.
“As someone who has worked in India and the United States, I have come to realize that there are entrenched gender biases in almost all societies. However, I believe there is a growing recognition that in 2018, there is no place for orthodox views on ‘masculinity and strength’ in arms control” Mishra comments at the end of her article.

Read the full article here.



Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | June 27, 2018

Beyond Trump’s Korea Fantasies

The New York Times Editorial Board highlights the themes that should shape an agreement between the United States and North Korea, arguing that the DPRK could make CTBT ratification one of its short-term goals.

“The broad outlines of an agreement would be similar to proposals and pacts the United States has developed over the decades to restrain countries with nuclear ambitions: In return for curbing their nuclear programs and allowing international verification, such countries are offered economic, political and security benefits.”

“Negotiating an end to North Korea’s nuclear threat will take deliberation, political courage — and time… North Korea should make its temporary freeze on nuclear and missile testing permanent and allow international inspectors to verify the destruction of the test sites the government claims to have blown up. It could even sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.”

Read the whole article here.

In an interview with VOA Korea, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo explains that a verbal promise from North Korea not to continue nuclear testing does not suffice, and that North Korea should instead join the CTBT. Asked how long it would take to attain significant nuclear disarmament achievements, Zerbo replies that it would take longer than people suspect, as there are various elements to be considered such as nuclear and missile test sites, as well as nuclear materials. He points out that this process requires “a lot of expertise and knowledge, not only from international organisations, but also from nuclear weapons states like the US.” With regards to CTBTO’s role, Zerbo notes that the CTBTO has the expertise in comparing and analysing data before and after a test. The Organization could verify the permanent and irreversible closure of the North Korean test sites. Blowing up a tunnel is not enough.

Read more from the interview here.

Original article in Korean.


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