Vienna, 6 June 2016
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) cordially invites media to its 20th anniversary ministerial meeting on 13 June 2016 at the Vienna International Centre, Austria with:
Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Lazăr Comănescu, Foreign Minister of Romania, Chair of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Erlan Idrisov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Co-Chair of the CTBT entry into force process (Article XIV) 2015 – 2017
Kim Won-soo, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Lassina Zerbo, CTBTO Executive Secretary
Monday 13 June 2016, 10:00 – 12:30
Vienna International Centre, M-building
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• Photo opportunity: 10:00 opening of the meeting, Conference Room M1
• Media Stake-out: 14:45 outside main entrance to Board Room B, M Building
• Interview opportunities with participants: contact Elisabeth Wächter, Chief of Public Information, Email: Elisabeth.WAECHTER@ctbto.org, Tel: +43-1 26060-6375, Mobile: +43 699 1459 6375.
Opening Monday 13 June 2016, 13:00, Rotunda (photo opportunity). The exhibition in the Vienna International Centre’s Rotunda will feature:
– Hands-on experience with on-site inspection equipment not made available to the public before;
– The 360 ̊ virtual reality film installation “Collisions”, featuring an Australian indigenous elder who experienced nuclear testing in his homelands. Filmmaker Lynette Wallworth will be present.
– Artworks and photography inspired by the issue of nuclear testing from China, Kazakhstan and other countries.
Civil Society Panel entitled CTBT@20: The Way Forward-the role of civil society
On Monday 13 June, an interactive panel discussion moderated by William Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, will be held from 15:00-17:00 in Conference Room M2. The panel, which will address the future of the Treaty and concrete actions to be taken for its entry into force, will feature:
• Hans Blix, former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (tbc)
• Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, and former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)
• Anton Khlopkov, Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Club journal, and member of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation
• Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association
• Karipbek Kuyukov, ATOM Project honorary Ambassador and artist (Kazakhstan)
• Sergio Duarte, former UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs
• Tariq Rauf, Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme
• Youth Representatives from non-ratifying Annex II States
Media representatives with VIC accreditation do not need to register. Those who are not yet accredited, please contact Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer, UN Information Service, Email: email@example.com, Tel: +43-1 26060-3342. Media representatives should indicate the equipment they intend to bring (it is recommended to carry equipment by hand through Gate 1). Deadline: 16:00 on Thursday 9 June 2016.
Website and social media
The meeting will be covered on the CTBTO website and on social media (#CTBT20).
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions, thus hampering both the initial development of nuclear weapons as well as significant enhancements (h-bomb). The Treaty also helps prevent harmful radioactive releases from nuclear testing.
The CTBT has so far been signed by 183 States and ratified by 164 (map). However its demanding entry-into-force provision requires 44 particular “nuclear technology holder” States to ratify the Treaty for it to enter into force. Eight of them have yet to ratify: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States (China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States have already signed the Treaty).
A verification regime to monitor the globe for nuclear explosions is nearing completion with around 90 percent of the 337 planned International Monitoring System facilities already in operation. The system has proved its capabilities to detect even small nuclear tests during the announced DPRK nuclear tests in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016.
For further information on the CTBT, please see http://www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing, or contact:
Chief of Public Information
T +43 1 26030-6375
M +43 699 1459 6375