Vienna, 9 November 2010
VIENNA – By the end of 2012, a global network of facilities to detect nuclear explosions will be more than 90 percent in place, Tibor Tóth, head of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) told its executive body.
There have been some “remarkable achievements” in advancing the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its verification regime, Tóth said.
In the past decade, the Treaty’s monitoring system has expanded to its current status of 258 certified facilities from only one in 2000, he said.
“Just 10 years ago, in 2000, we had only 51 ratifications. Today the number has tripled and the Treaty enjoys 153 ratifications and 182 signatures.”
The achievements are being driven by “a vision to bring an end to the era of nuclear weapons,” Tóth told diplomats from among States that have signed the Treaty, who are attending the meeting.
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