March 2019 CYG CT Monthly Update

March 2019 Update

1. How to Get Involved

2. Communications

  • If you have not received any correspondence from your respective CT member and/or are not receiving any emails from the CTBTO staff regarding events, please make sure your email is correct on the CYG Portal (https://youthgroup.ctbto.org) and that messages from [email protected] are not being forwarded to Spam.

    • In addition, please remember to update your current location on the portal if you have moved since registering. This is important for ensuring you are up-to-date with opportunities in your region.

3. Recent Events

  • PyeongChang Global Peace Forum, February 9-11, PyeongChang (South Korea)

    • The PyeongChang Global Peace Forum called for a number of action plans, including for all governments to increase their commitment to supporting and enforcing international disarmament laws. The forum declaration called on the two Koreas to find a way to end hostilities between them and embrace a peaceful and collaborative way of moving forward. In addition, it called on the UN to fully implement resolutions to prevent violations of women's rights. The forum was timed to mark the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games 2018, which were hailed as a major step towards brokering peace and inclusion on the traditionally divided Korean peninsula.
    • CYG members Marzhan Nurzhan and Muhammad Qasim took the floor during the youth session.
  • Third DPRK announced nuclear test anniversary, February 12

    • On 12 February 2013, no less than 94 seismic and two infrasound stations detected a suspicious event at the nuclear test site of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Member States received the information before the country announced that it had conducted a nuclear test shortly after.

  • First French nuclear test anniversary, February 13

    • On February 13, 1960, France conducted its first nuclear test 'Gerboise Bleue' in the Algerian Sahara desert. With 70 kilotons, the test was unusually large for a first nuclear test. France conducted a total of 210 nuclear tests, of which 17 took place in Algeria between 1960 and 1967.

  • Zimbabwe ratifies the CTBT, February 13

    • Zimbabwe has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty with the United Nations Secretary-General, becoming the 168th State to ratify the Treaty.

  • “Science Diplomacy Generation to Advance the CTBT”, February 21, NRNU MEPhI, Moscow (Russia)

    • A 15-week comprehensive training course in English “Science Diplomacy Generation to Advance the CTBT” kicked off at the MEPhI University. The course represents an interdisciplinary and multicultural cooperation of students with different specializations from Russia, France and Japan. One of the objectives of the course is to strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the CTBT and the work of the Preparatory Commission as well as to prepare them for professional communication building up their linguistic and cross-cultural competences.

  • UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit, February 22, New York (USA)

    • The Summit convened 1,800 Americans at UN Headquarters in New York City to confront big global challenges and support the United Nations’ vital work.

    • CYG member Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz y Celis participated in the session “Nuclear Proliferation: Hot Topics And Cold Tensions”.

  • Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference, February 23, London (UK)

    • The Conference considered cutting-edge issues in nuclear weapons policy and emerging technologies, as well as the underlying political dynamics that influence them.

    • CYG member Sahil Shah gave a video presentation “Strategies for Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Universalization and Entry-Into-Force”.

  • Creation of anti-nuclear movement “Nevada-Semei” 30th anniversary, February 25-28

    • The anti-nuclear movement in Kazakhstan, "Nevada Semipalatinsk", was formed between in 1989 and was one of the first major anti-nuclear movements in the former Soviet Union. It was led by author Olzhas Suleimenov and attracted thousands of people to its protests and campaigns which eventually led to the closure of the nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk in north-east Kazakhstan in 1991.

    • On February 17, CYG member Marzhan Nurzhan introduced CYG and showed documentary “Where the wind blew” to the rural youth in South Kazakhstan region at Kazygurt village with local NGO and Josh Dufour (USA) who is currently Fullbright English Instructor at the university in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. She also delivered a presentation about the CYG and showed a short version of the film “Where the wind blew”  to the students of Miras University in Shymkent on February 22.

On February 23 the documentary was shown at the American Corner Shymkent together with Josh Dufour as discussants. On February 24 Marzhan delivered a presentation about the CYG at Toastmasters Shymkent meeting.

 

4. Current/Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference, March 11-13 Washington DC (USA)

    • Over 800 experts and officials from more than forty-five countries and international organizations will debate and explore solutions for the most pressing challenges in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, deterrence, energy, and security. CYG members participated in a round table at the Arms Control Association on March 13.

  • Abolition 2000 webinar "Global disarmament events and campaign”, March 14

  • Application deadline to contribute to the Newsroom, March 15

    • CYG members are invited to submit an application to join us for the CTBTO Science and Technology Conference (SnT2019) in Vienna from 24-28 June 2019, and work from the Newsroom to report on the conference.

  • The Paris Talks, March 15, Paris (France)

    • a conference done in the form of short, powerful, inspiring talks (15 minutes or less), entertainment and networking opportunities. Attendees are usually challenged to look at the Future of Humanity with an unconventional eye. They also learn different ways to improve their capacity of inventing a better future for themselves and the coming generations.

    • CYG members will be participating in the event with the CYG outreach activities

  • Registration deadline for the World Youth Summit for Peace, March 30

    • In this Summit more than 80 World Leaders (Former and Present Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Members of Parliaments and Diplomats ), 200 Business & Entrepreneurs leaders, world rewound Artists, Singers, Models, along with 5000 delegates will comes from over 196 countries, more than 20000 local Youth will also Participate to share the ideas and their experiences with each other. The Summit covers 6 session themes: SDG 2030 Leadership, Education, Climate change, Women&Gender equality, Interfaith and Society, Human Rights and Peace.  

  • European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly, April 7-12, Vienna (Austria)

    • The Assembly will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

  • 2019 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, April 8-9, UN Headquarters in New York

    • The forum will provide a platform for young leaders from around the world to engage in a dialogue among themselves and with United Nations Member States and to share ideas for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement.

  • The International School on Global Security, April 6 - 14, Moscow (Russia)

    • The PIR Center International School on Global Security is a unique platform where young politicians, diplomats, military and civil servants, journalists, scholars, and students expand the scope of their professional knowledge and further their education. The School is an excellent opportunity for those who are studying Russia and the Russian language abroad for a deep immersion in a linguistic, cultural and professional environment established by leading Russian experts in the field of international relations.

  • Submission deadline for the CTBTO Art Competition, April 15

    • The CTBTO has launched an art campaign for grade-school students in the lead-up to SnT2019. Students aged 5-17 are encouraged to submit a drawing or painting that fits with one of three themes detailed in the enclosed pamphlet. Selected works will be displayed in an exhibition during SnT2019, and an award ceremony will take place as a side event during the conference. While many of you fall outside this age range, we encourage you to reach out to younger siblings, family members, or friends regarding this opportunity!

  • 2019 Preparatory Committee (RrepCom) for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (RevCon), April 29-May 10, New York (USA)

    • The Preparatory Committee, open to all States parties to the Treaty, is responsible for addressing substantive and procedural issues related to the Treaty and the forthcoming Review Conference. This will be the third and final session prior to the 2020 Review Conference.

    • CT is working on the statement that could be signed by CYG members.

  • 2019 CTBT Science and Technology Conference (SnT2019), June 24-28, Vienna (Austria)

    • CTBTxSDG’s Innovation Challenge mentoring phase has begun. Mentors have been paired with mentees and they’ve been requested to try to have their initial kick off meeting by 28 February and have a project implementation plan in place by 8 March.

  • World Youth Summit for Peace 2019 (WYSP), August 8-12, Dubai (UAE)

    • In this Summit more than 80 World Leaders (Former and Present Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Members of Parliaments and Diplomats ), 200 Business & Entrepreneurs leaders, world rewound Artists, Singers, Models, along with 5000 delegates will comes from over 196 countries, more than 20000 local Youth will also Participate to share the ideas and their experiences with each other. The Summit covers 6 session themes: SDG 2030 Leadership, Education, Climate change, Women&Gender equality, Interfaith and Society, Human Rights and Peace.

5. Want to Write an Article on the CTBT?

6. Select Articles on CTBT-related Topics

7. Get in touch

Non-Ratifying Annex 2 Coordinators

Regional Coordinators

Functional Coordinators

Co-chairs

If any CYG members would like to raise any issues with the CYG Coordination Team, please contact your coordinator so that they can raise your inquiry at our meetings which now take place twice per month. Additionally, if any CYG members would like to get in touch with the CTBTO-based CYG Support Team, please email [email protected].