The next hurdle: bringing the comprehensive test ban treaty into force

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has been a top priority for the nuclear arms control community. The ESS Programme has organized an annual conference in Washington, DC since 2009 on stopping all nuclear testing, and ratifying the CTBT so that it can finally enter into force. This annual event was organized for the 6th time on 15 September, 2014 at the US Institute for Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. The event: “Nuclear Weapons Testing: History, Progress, Challenges,” brought together Dr. Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy; Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO; Ambassador Kairat Umarov of Kazakhstan; Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control; and other experts, including ESS Programme Director Dr. Paul Walker.

In all non-proliferation activities, the ESS programme will continue to deepen coordination with the relevant regimes – including the BWC, CTBTO, IAEA, NPT, ATT and ENMOD – as well as with fellow NGOs.

Green Cross was among the organizations that called for a redoubling of effort for the CTBT in a Civil Society Statement to the 9th CTBT Article XIV Conference