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.
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).
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.
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.