Looking Ahead in 2016

August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests and the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Soviet Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan.

September 10: 20th anniversary of the special session of the UN General Assembly that overwhelmingly approved the 1996 CTBT by a margin of 158 to 3, with five abstentions, opening the way for signature and ratification.

September 13: A joint briefing by the Arms Control Association and the Stimson Center looking at initiatives towards strengthening the CTBT. Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Stimson Center, Washington.

September 20: UN General Assembly general debate begins. President Obama is expected to speak, New York.

September 22: NNSA exhibit on CTBT monitoring and verification technologies, Capitol Hill (tentative).

September 24: 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the CTBT.

September 26: High-level plenary meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, United Nations, New York.

October 5: 25th anniversary of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s announcement of a unilateral, one-year moratorium on nuclear testing and invitation to the United States to join.

October 29: 25th anniversary of the introduction of the “Nuclear Test Moratorium Act” by a bipartisan congressional coalition to impose a one-year U.S. testing moratorium. It would later be modified, adopted, and signed into law in 1992.

October 30: In 1961, the Soviet Union conducted the largest nuclear test—a 58 megaton atmospheric blast code-named Tsar Bomba.

November 7-6: Meeting of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO, Vienna.