Upcoming: Moscow CTBTO Youth Group Conference
18 – 20 October 2017

The Moscow CTBTO Youth Group Conference, co-hosted by the CTBTO and the National Nuclear Research University/Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI), takes place in Moscow from 18 to 20 October 2017. Comprised of discussion panels involving eminent Russian and international experts, science and policy work sessions and a simulation exercise, the Conference is designed to foster knowledge exchange on the CTBT and its role in global peace and security.

It also provides a platform for over 20 CTBTO Youth Group members from seven of the eight remaining non-ratifying Annex 2 States to share ideas with approximately 100 of their peers from throughout Russia. Participants will discuss ways to facilitate the Treaty’s entry into force, deepen their knowledge about the CTBT verification regime and exchange best practices of public advocacy and effective communications to promote the Treaty.

Conference participants will also have an opportunity to visit the Russian National Data Centre in Dubna to witness first-hand the operations of one of the International Monitoring System facilities.

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About the CTBTO Youth Group

The CTBTO Youth Group was launched at the symposium on “Science and Diplomacy for Peace and Security: the CTBT@20“, held in Vienna, Austria, from 25 January to 4 February 2016. The importance of engaging youth was one of the main outcomes of the symposium.

Twenty years after the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the young generation’s involvement is key to advancing the Treaty’s entry into force.

The group is open to all students and young graduates who are directing their careers to contribute to global peace and security and who wish to actively engage in promoting the CTBT and its verification regime.

Group Objectives

  • Revitalize the discussion around the CTBT among decision-makers, academia, students, expert society and media;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the nuclear test-ban;
  • Build a basis for knowledge transfer to the younger generation;
  • Involve new technologies into promoting the CTBT – social media, digital visualization, interactive means of delivering information etc.;
  • Place the CTBT on the agenda of the world’s most important nuclear-related events.