The U.N. General Assembly (GA) adopts without vote a resolution on cooperation between the U.N. and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
The resolution was introduced as Draft Resolution A/65/L.34 by South Africa. It was co-sponsored by more than 40 countries from all regions. The resolution takes note of the report of the UN Secretary-General and that of the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and decides to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-seventh session the sub-item entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization”.
Earlier in the day CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth briefed the GA about the CTBTO’s work and accomplishments. In his address the Executive Secretary underlined CTBT’s importance and continuing relevance.
“The CTBT is clearly of great significance for the global disarmament and nonproliferation regime. It has a key role to play in today’s security environment. More than two thousand tests were conducted prior to the Treaty’s conclusion in 1996. Every test eroded global security, and widened the gap in political trust. In the last decade, there have only been two nuclear test explosions. The difference is clear. But it is high time for concrete action. The entry into force of the Treaty may be the single defining factor for the nuclear nonproliferation regime in the next 30 years.”Executive Secretary Tóth said.
See the UN press release here.
Full Text of the Executive Secretary’s address to the GA here.