On Thursday 6 September, CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth addressed the UN General Assembly meeting in observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests: “We have to turn the ground zeros of test sites into – zero tests. We have to join forces. We have to convince the remaining eight that there should be no tests in the future and that there is no future with tests. The world will have to put an end to nuclear explosions, before nuclear explosions put an end to the world.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for the CTBT’s early entry into force and offered to visit any capital of the countries that still need to ratify the CTBT to convince officials on the merits of the Treaty and its verifiability.
Full text of the message by the UN Secretary-General here.
More on the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
News reporting on the UNGA special session:
U.N. chief urges states to ratify CTBT (Kyodo news)
UN Calls for End to Nuclear Weapons (Prensa Latina)