Press release republished from NATO.int.  

As a valued NATO Partner, Finland will host the 13th Annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation from 29 to 30 May 2017 in Helsinki.

This is one of NATO’s largest outreach activities, held with increasing success since 2004, involving Alliance member states and partners from around the world. Participants from five continents and major international organisations will gather together for this informal event. The conference will be opened by Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland. A statement will be delivered by NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

Following the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria and nuclear and ballistic missile tests in North Korea, as well as the discussions in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and UN framework on new disarmament instruments, this dialogue between NATO Allies with NATO partners around the globe is important to ensure a better understanding of the global security challenges.

Reinforcing non-proliferation

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, will chair this forum which provides an opportunity for open and informal dialogue. The conference will address topical issues, such as:

  • The state of play and future of the multilateral non-proliferation regimes and initiatives in view of a changing international security environment;
  • regional proliferation challenges in the Middle East and in Asia, including in Syria and North Korea;
  • NATO’s contribution and other international organisations’ efforts in the area of WMD arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

CTBTO NATOMore than 100 participants from nearly 50 NATO and Partner countries and international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union will gather in Helsinki, among them many senior non-proliferation officials from around the globe, including Assistant Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors and Directors-General.

Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) will be a keynote speaker at the opening of the conference and Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, will address the conference with a keynote speech at dinner.

Previous conferences on the challenges of WMD proliferation were held in Rome (2004), Sofia (2005), Vilnius (2007), Berlin (2008), Warsaw (2009), Prague (2010), Bergen (2011), Budapest (2012), Split (2013), Interlaken (2014), Qatar (2015), and Ljubljana (2016).

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 11, 2017

Media Advisory

Media representatives are invited to a

High-level event on the importance of evaluation in eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

Tuesday 16 May 2017, 15:00-17:00
Boardroom A, C Building, Vienna International Centre

VIENNA/NEW YORK, 11 May 2017
A high-level event with prominent experts from the field of development discussing how evaluation can contribute to eradicating poverty, will take place at the United Nations in Vienna, as part of the UN Evaluation Group’s annual meeting.

Globally, nearly 700 million people are still living on less than US$1.90 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Since the 1990’s, approx. 1.1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty and the proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half. Despite these achievements, much remains to be accomplished. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) renews the international community’s resolve to combat global poverty and ensure inclusive prosperity, and also binds all countries to a bold commitment to end poverty by 2030.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and panellists at the high-level event will discuss the critical role of the follow-up and assessment of the sustainable development goals in advancing shared prosperity. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dazhu Yang, Deputy-Director General for Technical Cooperation, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Marco Segone, UNEG Chair; Director, UN Women Independent Evaluation Office will welcome panellists and participants. The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, will deliver the opening remarks (by video message). Panellists will include Heidi Mendoza, UN Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services; Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President of the National Observatory for Human Development, Morocco; Natalia Nikitenko, Member of Parliament, Kyrgyzstan; and Kelly McCarthy, Director at the Global Impact Investing Network.

The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is dedicating its annual Evaluation Week, taking place in Vienna from 15 to 19 May, to the role of evaluation in Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World, as part of its work to support and intensify momentum towards attaining the SDGs. UNEG, an interagency professional network brings together more than 47 members from the evaluation units of the UN system, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations with a mission to share and exchange knowledge, innovations, best practices and lessons.

The High-Level Event will be organized in partnership with the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The high-level event will be open to a broad range of stakeholders including international organizations, governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, the evaluation community and other actors.

Evidence and data from evaluations is essential to better inform, direct and strengthen SDG efforts and interventions. Assessments of what is working, for whom, and under what conditions can accelerate progress to eradicate poverty, promote prosperity and leave no one behind.

MEDIA ARRANGEMENTS

The event will be webcast live at http://www.unevaluation.org/2017_UNEG_HLE

Please note that the event will be in English, and the archive video will be available after the event.

Media representatives who wish to attend the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at]unvienna.org.

Access to the C-building is via Gate One of the Vienna International Centre.

For further information please contact:

Sasha Jahic,
UNEG Secretariat, New York
Email: sasha.jahic@undp.org
or
Anne Thomas
Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5588
Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-5588
Email: anne.thomas@unvienna.org

Join the conversation on social media by following the hashtag #UNEGweek and follow @un_evaluation on Twitter. Visit the website for more information: www.unevaluation.org

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 2, 2017

PRESS RELEASE – 2017/1

JOINT APPEAL BY

FUMIO KISHIDA,
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV,
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
and
LASSINA ZERBO,
Executive Secretary of the CTBTO PrepCom

2 May 2017, at the occasion of the NPT Preparatory Committee meeting, Vienna

As Co-Coordinators of the Article XIV process and as the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO PrepCom, we appeal for a renewed and revitalized effort towards entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The vast majority of the international community has recognized that the entry into force of the Treaty is a practical and pragmatic way to advance nuclear disarmament as envisaged in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). However, it remains “unfinished business”.

Drawing on the experiences of Japan and Kazakhstan in suffering the disastrous consequences of nuclear weapons, we seek the following effort and commitment to the CTBT in pursuing a world free of nuclear weapons:

NUCLEAR TESTING BY NORTH KOREA
We strongly deplore the nuclear tests by North Korea, the only country in the 21st century to have flouted the norm against nuclear testing. We strongly urge North Korea to refrain from conducting any further nuclear tests and emphasize that the CTBT plays a critical role in responding to the challenge posed by North Korea by reinforcing the no-test norm.

We acknowledge that the CTBT verification regime is functioning as designed by the Treaty, as clearly shown in the detection of nuclear testing by North Korea.

EARLY ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE CTBT
We call for the eight remaining Annex 2 States to ratify the CTBT without further delay and without waiting for other countries to ratify the Treaty.

We welcome UN Security Council Resolution 2310 (2016), which stresses the vital importance and urgency of achieving the early entry into force of the CTBT.

We emphasize the importance of continued political commitments and efforts of all countries concerned to facilitate ratification by the remaining Annex 2 States.

We encourage non-signatory Annex 2 States to sign the CTBT, and as a first step toward signature, engage with the CTBTO PrepCom by participating as observers.

We welcome positive undertakings by the remaining Annex 2 States in recent years, such as domestic educational activities and the certification of International Monitoring System (IMS) stations. We further encourage their enhanced efforts, including the further build-up of IMS stations within their territories and the transmission of data to the International Data Centre (IDC).

We stress the importance of joint efforts to address issues that present obstacles to the ratification by the remaining Annex 2 States and stress the potential benefits of making efforts at a regional level, where applicable, to create an environment conducive to their ratification.

UNIVERSALIZING THE TREATY
We welcome the recent ratification of the Treaty by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kingdom of Swaziland.

We welcome all initiatives, including convening regional conferences and workshops, aimed at raising awareness of the CTBT, including the initiative of Japan to convene a Regional Conference for States in the South East Asia, the Pacific and the Far East Region (SEAPFE) in Tokyo in July 2017 and International Conference “Monitoring of nuclear tests and their consequences” convened by Kazakhstan on a biennial basis.

We commit ourselves to expand youth networks, including seeking synergies with the activities of both Japan’s “Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons” and the CTBTO Youth Group.

We recognize the significance of the ATOM (“Abolish Testing. Our Mission”) campaign initiated in Kazakhstan and aimed at a complete nuclear tests ban in support of the CTBT.

ENHANCING THE VERIFICATION REGIME FOR DETECTING NUCLEAR TESTING
We confirm our commitment and cooperation to facilitate the early completion of the IMS and the further strengthening of its functions and recall the voluntary contributions provided to the CTBTO PrepCom by all States, and in particular by Japan.

We call for those countries that have not yet done so to host monitoring stations as designed by the Treaty in order to fully establish the IMS.

We commit ourselves to further cooperate in capacity building for national data centres, particularly in developing countries.

LINK TO STATEMENT (PDF) 

For further information on the CTBT, follow us on Twitter and please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing, or contact:

Elisabeth Wächter,
Chief of Public Information
T    +43 1 26030-6375
E     Elisabeth.WAECHTER@ctbto.org
M    +43 699 1459 6375

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