Media Advisory for journalists covering the UN General Assembly
Foreign Ministers will meet on Thursday 27 September at 10:00 at the UN in New York to issue a joint call for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The meeting is being co-hosted by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Sweden. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Tóth will speak. The meeting is open to the media.
Special events for the media:
- Noon Briefing Monday 24 September, UN press briefing room (Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium). Guest speaker: CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth to brief on the status of the CTBT as it marks its 16th birthday that day.
- Photo-op: Thursday 27 September at 10:00, Conference Room 4, North Lawn Building (NLB). Media requested to arrive at 09:55 sharp.
- Press stake-out: Thursday 27 September ca. 11:00, press stake out area, NLB: With the Foreign Ministers of Australia and Japan, Bob Carr and Kōichirō Gemba, the Chairpersons of the meeting.
Side-event: Staged reading of the play ‘Reykjavik’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes will be held at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York on Thursday 27 September at 18.30, followed by a panel discussion with key figures from the 1986 Reykjavik summit between President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. See press release. For journalists wishing to attend or cover the event, see contact below. Tickets are available, free of charge.
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions. The Treaty opened for signature 16 years ago today, on 24 September 1996. 183 countries have signed the CTBT, of which 157 have ratified. For the Treaty to enter into force, eight States have still to ratify: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.
Media representatives wishing to cover the event who are not already accredited to the UN in New York must apply for media accreditation through the electronic application system. Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit contact information: Isabelle Broyer, Chief, Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit, UN Headquarters, Room L-248, New York NY 10017, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: (1-212) 963 6934 or 963 6937, fax: (1-212) 963 4642.
For interview requests with CTBTO Executive Secretary Tóth or further information on the CTBT, please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing, or contact:
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