The 7th CTBT Ministerial Meetings concluded on September 26 at the UN headquarters in New York. Foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from around 90 countries gathered to jointly issue a call for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
In their joint statement, the foreign ministers said that the Treaty’s entry into force would “rid the world of nuclear explosions and contribute to the elimination of nuclear weapons by constraining their development and qualitative improvement.”
“Although the Treaty is yet to come into force, the nuclear test moratorium has become a de facto international norm. However, without the lasting and legally-binding effect of the entry into force of the Treaty, such a norm remains fragile. “-Joint Ministerial Statement
In the meeting, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called upon the eight Annex 2 States to ratify the CTBT without further delay. John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State stated “I come here to reiterate the Obama’s Administration’s unshakable commitment to see this Treaty ratified and enter into force,” But he said there was “no reason for the other Annex 2 States to wait for the United States to complete the ratification process.”