First and foremost: THANK YOU. We are very grateful for your interest in helping us raise awareness of the CTBT and of the importance of its entry into force.
As you can imagine, if 20 years have passed without the Treaty obtaining the necessary ratifications for its entry into force, promotion of the CTBT is not a task that can be taken lightly. There are a number of political issues and sensitivities of which any person wishing to achieve the Treaty’s entry into force will need to be mindful. These include the interests and concerns of States that have signed and ratified, States that have signed but have not ratified and States that have yet to sign and ratify.
After 20 years, not only is it in the interest of the CTBT to obtain the remaining ratifications required for entry into force, it is also in the interest of the CTBT to preserve and strengthen the support that it already has. With the passage of time, even those who enthusiastically supported the Treaty at the outset may begin to wonder…and wander to other causes.
As with everything viewed in hindsight, there may be a lot that would be done differently if the CTBT were to be drafted and negotiated today. However, the solution is not to pursue new paths that may dilute efforts and lead to years of negotiations without conclusion. Our goal is to make the most of what we do have.
We have a treaty that is almost universal which bans nuclear test explosions and has a robust verification regime. Even before entry into force, the Treaty serves as a deterrent against nuclear testing and an important first step towards nuclear disarmament. It brings us closer to the ultimate goal of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, as stated in the preamble of the CTBT.
So, on to the guidelines!
Official Social Media Platforms of the CTBTO
- Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lassinazerbo