Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | April 27, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Joint Appeal by Japan, Kazakhstan, CTBTO

Vienna, 27 April 2017

On 2 May 2017, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo will be joined by Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, and Kazakh Ambassador and Permanent Representative Kairat Sarybay to issue a joint appeal by the foreign ministers of Japan and Kazakhstan, and CTBTO, on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty on the occasion of the meeting of the 2017 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference in Vienna. The appeal will be preceded by a bilateral meeting between Minister Kishida and the Executive Secretary.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ON 2 MAY 2017:

  • Photo opp: CTBTO Executive Secretary’s office (E0754): 14:55
  • Media stakeout: E 702: 15:10. Media representatives are requested to arrive by 15:00 to set up.
  • Following the stakeout, a recording and photographs will be made available via CTBTO’s website and Flickr page.

Accreditation
Media representatives wishing to participate in the media stakeout are requested to register by emailing press@ctbto.org. Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. All others must seek accreditation (contact Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer (+43-1) 26060-3342  press@unvienna.org). Accreditation will be at the Gate 1 entrance to the VIC.

Background
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions, thus hampering both the initial development of nuclear weapons as well as significant enhancements. The Treaty also helps prevent damage caused by nuclear testing to humans and the environment.

The CTBT has so far been signed by 183 States and ratified by 166. Its entry-into-force formula prescribes that 44 particular “nuclear technology holder” States need to ratify 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 (the DPRK, India and Pakistan have also not yet 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 (IMS) facilities already in operation (see interactive map).

For further information on the CTBT, follow us on Twitter and please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending nuclear testing, or contact:

Elisabeth Wächter
Chief, Public Information
T    +43 1 26030-6375
E     elisabeth.waechter@ctbto.org
M    +43 699 1459 6374


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