I am convinced that youth engagement is essential for achieving real progress on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament measures. Investing in education at different levels has to be a fundamental part of the solution, and should be undertaken in an inclusive and collaborative way. This is why I launched the CTBTO Youth Group in February of 2016. Participants are provided with access to CTBT educational material, networks and forums and have opportunities to take part in the outreach activities of the organization. The CTBTO Youth Group is open to students and young professionals from countries all over the world, including countries that have yet to sign or ratify the Treaty. United under the CTBT, youth works together as one. It is therefore my hope that the strong ties of cooperation developed through the group will continue throughout the members’ careers, fostering friendships and cooperation that will eventually lead to better scenarios for regional and international security. I hope you share my enthusiasm, and my words will further encourage you to work for the entry into force of the CTBT.
Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
View the report of the 2016 CTBTO Youth Initiative at the 20th Anniversary of the CTBT here.