The Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Tibor Tóth, addressed the 2013 Conference of the Academic Council of the United Nations (ACUNS) during its opening session in Vienna today. The topic of this year’s Vienna conference is: ‘Have the UN Agencies adapted to the 21st century?’
In his address the Head of the CTBTO outlined the organization’s efforts to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century. In order to improve their capabilities, international organizations must harness the new energies of the younger generation and tap into open-source competition. “The young should be challenging us,” said Tóth, “to close the gap between where we are and we should be.”
On 10 January 2013 the ACUNS Conference will organize a colloquium on the “Prospects of the Entry into Force of the CTBT: Ways to Promote its Ratification”. (10 January, 14.15, IAEA Board of Governors Room – Boardroom A, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria)
Today’s opening session of the ACUNS Conference was chaired by Abiodun Williams, President of the Hague Institute for Global Justice. In the course of the conference representatives from all Vienna-based organizations will discuss efforts to meet the challenges of the new millennium with a critical audience of academics and students.
The objective of ACUNS is to stimulate, support and disseminate research and analysis on the United Nations, multilateralism, and international organizations.
View the programme of the 2013 ACUNS Conference here [PDF].
Read the full transcript of the Executive Secretary’s address here.