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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing on CTBT UN Resolution

The UN Security Council Resolution (eventually adaopted as UNSC Resolution 2310) on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was introduced by the United States and adopted despite opposition from some U.S. senators and representatives. On Sept. 7, the Senate Foregin Relations Committee held a hearing on President Obama's proposal for a UN Security Council resolution reinforcing the CTBT, trying to ascertain the legality or appropriateness of the proposal. The witnesses were Stephen Rademaker, principal, of The Podesta Group and Michael Krepon, co-founder and senior advisor of the Stimson Center.

Watch video of the Sept. 7 hearing here.

Veterans of Atomic Test Blasts: No Warning, and Late Amends

In a New York Times article released May 29th, the latest installment of the Retro Report video series investigated the hardships of atomic veterans—military men and women who took part in atmospheric nuclear tests conducted in the Pacific and in Nevada soon after World War II.

More information on the story can be found here.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at CTBTO 20 Year Anniversary

On 27 April 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed an audience, ranging from veteran officials to young leaders, on the need for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The event was held in Vienna, Austria, but was followed across the world via media coverage, livestream, and social media.

More information on the event can be found here.

George Schultz: U.S. Should Ratify CTBT "the sooner the better"

The United States should ratify the treaty banning nuclear tests “the sooner the better”, according to George Shultz, a former Republican presidential adviser known best as the Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan.

Click here to watch George Schultz's and Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Oragnization Lassina Zerbo's remarks.

Secretary Kerry Determined to "Reopen and Re-Energize" CTBT Debate

Secretary of State John Kerry refocused attention on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its value to U.S. security with remarks about the treaty at an Oct. 21 event. He said that "in the months to come, we're going to reopen and re-energize the conversation about the treaty on Capitol Hill and throughout our nation."

Kerry delivered his remarks at an event hosted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton's 1995 declaration to pursue a zero-yield Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

A transcript of his remarks can be found here.

Building the atom bomb: the full story of the Nevada Test Site

On September 22, The Guardian released an interactive news story by Laurence Topham, Alok Jha and Will Franklin showcasing the beginnings and effects of the Nevada nuclear test site titled "Building the atom bomb: the full story of the Nevada Test Site." 

The piece is interspersed with videos, interviews, and a time-lapse from 1951 to 1992 of all the nuclear tests which occurred at the Nevada test site. 

Click here to go to the article.

Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow at Vienna

The third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons took place Dec. 8-9, 2014 in Vienna.

Among several other presentations during the opening session of the conference, was Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima peace ambassador and survivor of the atomic bomb explosion on August 6, 1945. Her presentation begins at 23:00 in the video above.

More information on the conference can be found here and a transcript of this presentation can be found here.

Secretary Kerry Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to CTBT

State Secretary John Kerry delivered remarks at the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty in New York on Sept. 26, 2014. A transcript of his prepared remarks is also available.

The week before, on Sept. 15, 2014, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, alongside Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller and then-Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew Weber, also delivered remarks reiterating the United States’ support of the CTBT and commitment to it’s eventual ratification, at an event in Washington to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. His delivered remarks are available on the Arms Control Association event web-page.

CTBTO Group of Eminent Persons (GEM)


The Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) was established on 26 September 2013 on the margins of the UN General Assembly to promote the objectives of the CTBT and to help secure its entry into force. Its 18 members include current and current and former foreign ministers, prime ministers, defense ministers and senior diplomatic leaders from all over the world.

The GEM will meet this week in Stockholm for discussions with Swedish Foreign Minister and regional experts on steps to advance prospects for signature and ratification in the remaining Annex 2 states.

Further information about the GEM can be found here.

The Atom Project Documentary on Nuclear Testing in Kazakhstan

The ATOM Project has filmed a ten-minute documentary on nuclear testing in Kazakhstan and the ongoing health problems suffered by the regions residents. Additionally, it follows Kazakhstan's efforts to close the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, where 456 nuclear weapons tests were conducted, and to advocate for a permanent global ban on nuclear testing.