The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other high-level dignitaries attended the 15 year anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at the Vienna International Centre in Austria 17 February 2012.
In a new series of TV spots launched today, Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, calls on all countries to support the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and help end nuclear testing, forever. In particular, Douglas appeals to those countries that have not yet ratified the Treaty to do so without delay, so that it can enter into force and become global law.
In the most detailed and substantive address by a senior Barack Obama administration official to date, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen O. Tauscher spoke at the Arms Control Association's May 10, 2011 annual meeting on "The Case for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty."
Watch an inspection of a simulated nuclear test site. A team of more than 35 international experts took part in the exercise that was held 1-12 November 2010 by the Dead Sea in Jordan. Kirstie Gregorich Hansen reports. Camera Manfred Lesiak.
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto's multimedia piece, entitled "1945-1998," represents the 2053 nuclear test explosions conducted by eight countries across the globe. Hashimoto says, "This piece of work is a bird's eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world."