High-school students have proposed flash-mobs and the production of short movies, among other creative ideas, to focus attention on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Teenagers from the Sirius Summer School in Sochi, Russia, participated in an online seminar with CTBTO Directors this week, to learn about the CTBT’s verification technologies and share their own ideas on ways to highlight the Treaty that bans all nuclear explosions.  Now in its 20th year, the CTBT must be ratified by eight more countries before it can enter into force.

CTBTO Youth Group Member, Anastasia Shavrova, brought students from Sirius, a centre for gifted children, to learn about the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and its verification system.

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(Credit photo: Sirius Summer School) CTBTO Youth Group  member Anastasia Shavrova briefed Sirius students on the CTBT 

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(Credit photo: Sirius Summer School) The students could test their potential and come up with creative ideas to foster attention on the CTBT

The CTBT seminars were part of a segment entitled “Project School”, in which participants aged 14-16 created projects and tested their potential in different professional areas, including international relations.

The purpose of the seminar was to raise awareness and interest among the younger generations about the Treaty and how its verification system deters and prevents nuclear testing. The morning session was dedicated to discussions and presentations by the Directors of the three technical divisions of the CTBTO: the International Monitoring System (IMS), the International Data Centre (IDC) and the On-Site Inspections (OSI).

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(from left to right) Randy Bell, director of the IDC; Nurcan Meral Ozel, director of the IMS and Oleg Rozhkov, director of the OSI

It was also an opportunity for the students to show what they had achieved during the course.

During the seminar, students came up with creative options to promote the Treaty to their peers. Ideas comprised involving celebrities and gaining opinion leaders’ endorsement, including nuclear issues in school curricula, and fostering cooperation with environmental organisations.

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(Credi photo: Sirius Summer School) The students attended an online seminar

The CTBTO works closely with universities around the world via the Internet and face-to-face seminars; in addition students’ groups of all ages who visit the United Nations in Vienna are regularly briefed by CTBTO experts.  This online learning, however, is the first of its kind offered for high-school students that was initiated by youth, for youth.

The CTBTO Youth Group serves as a platform for all students and young professionals who are directing their career towards global peace and security and who wish to actively promote the CTBT and its verification regime. Launched in early 2016, the CTBTO Youth Group has attracted a growing number of young people committed to advancing the cause of banning nuclear weapons and nuclear testing, with the final goal of achieving complete disarmament.

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The students were given the opportunity to present their recommendations to directors of the CTBTO

“Ratification of the CTBT would be a powerful and definitive response to skeptics who worry about Iran’s nuclear ambitions after the deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] expires,” CTBTO Head Lassina Zerbo tells Etemad Persian daily journalist Sara Massoumi.  “One thing Iran may consider as a first step is to resume sending data from the certified station on its territory (Tehran) and to complete construction and certification of the remaining five. Let’s also not forget that data from the seismic stations can be very useful in detecting earthquakes in the region, and can help with disaster risk reduction efforts,” Zerbo said.

See full Q&A interview in Etemad daily (in Farsi) and Iran Review

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 13, 2016

Assessing the Impact of China’s MIRVs on South Asia (Stimson)

Rabia Akhtar, a member of the CTBTO Youth Group, has published an article commenting China’s modernization of its nuclear arsenal, mentioning that “achieving universal ratification and entry into force (EIF) of the CTBT is perhaps the single most important step through which technological determinism prevalent in the strategic competition in Asia can be checked and moderated. However, to generate the momentum for the closure and EIF of the CTBT, the United States and China would need to jointly lead the way by simultaneously ratifying the treaty and then inviting India and Pakistan to simultaneously sign and ratify the CTBT.”

This article was published as a commentary of the book The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age, written by Michael Krepon, Shane Mason and Travis Wheeler, and released by the Stimson Center in May 2016.

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