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UN Representative Nakamitsu urges nations to ratify the CTBT

UN Representative Nakamitsu urges nations to ratify the CTBT

United Nations, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) The UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu called to ratify without delay the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
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At a High-Level Event of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to commemorate the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Ms. Nakamitsu insisted on the significance of the CTBT.

As she stressed, the CTBT is the centerpiece of global efforts to eliminate nuclear tests once and for all, and has the power to protect future generations from the human suffering and environmental catastrophe produced by nuclear tests.

It is a powerful barrier to the development of new weapons, putting a brake on the nuclear arms race. But despite its near universal acceptance, the full potential of the CTBT has not been realized, as it has not yet entered into force.

All told, more than 2,000 nuclear tests are known to have been conducted by eight states, many of them in some of the most remote and pristine environments in the world.

The eight States whose ratifications are necessary for the Treaty to enter into force have a special responsibility. But all States should commit to a legally binding prohibition.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan, the largest nuclear test site in the former Soviet Union.

The closure of that site, where more than 450 nuclear tests took place, signaled the end of the era of unrestrained nuclear testing. Five years later, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was adopted – a landmark moment for multilateralism and nuclear disarmament.

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