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Seeking Truth: Kazakhstan's Fight Against Nuclear Testing

In this inspiring TED talk, Togzhan Kassenova reminds us of Kazakhstan's history as a Soviet Union nuclear test site. She tells the story of the fight of the Kazakh people to stop nuclear tests on their land.   

Select Videos from the 2017 CTBTO Science and Technology Conference

Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Dr. Lassina Zerbo (beginning at 1 hour and 10 minutes) provided closing remarks at the conclusion of the 2017 Science and Technology Conference in Vienna at the Hofburg Palace. He focused on the need for science alongside politics, for engagement between disciplines, and for involvement of youth to raise awareness of the treaty.

Other key videos from the 5 day conference are noted below:

VIDEO: Closing speech by Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Dr. Lassina Zerbo, June 30, 2017. (20 minutes)

VIDEO: Keynote speech at the Closing Ceremony by CTBTO GEM Member, former Secretary of State for Defense for the United Kingdom, and Co-Chair of the Nuclear Threat Initaitive Lord Des Browne of Ladyton, June 30, 2017. (25 minutes)

VIDEO: "Panel Discussion—Advancing the CTBT with Science Diplomacy: Learning from the Past to Enable Confidence Building Across Scientific Communities." Moderator: Grigory Berdennikov, Russia's Ambassador-at-Large; Panelists: Anatoli Diakov, Jonathan Forman, William Potter, and Special Appearance by Dr. Strangelove. (1 hour, 45 minutes.)

VIDEO: "Panel Discussion—Utilizing Monitoring Technologies for Global Development: Exploring Potential Applications of IMS data to Support the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, and Disaster Risk Reduction," Moderator: Patrck Grenard, CTBTO; Opening Address: José Fidel Santana Núñez, Cuban Deputy Minister of Science; Panelists: Abel Adelakun Ayoko, Bruce Howe, Yoshiyuki, Gérard Rambolamanana, June 30, 2017. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

VIDEO: "Science in Support of Global Policy Decisions," Chaired by: Christopher Timperley of the OPCW and Gustavo Haquin Gerade of the Soreq Nuclear Research Center in Jerusalem. Jonathan Forman of the OCPW also speaks about "Bringing Scientific Insights into Disarmament Policy: Science Advice at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," June 29, 2017. (50 minutes)

VIDEO: "The CTBT and the Ban Treaty", presentation by Dr. Edward Ifft, Georgetown University, June 28, 2017

VIDEO "Panel Discussion—Training, Education, and Public Advocacy for the CTBT: The Role of Academia in Securitng the Treaty's Entry into Force and Universalization," William Potter, Duyeon Kim, Allen Sens, Sahil Shah, Jo-Ansie van Wyck, Matthew Yeldin, June 28, 2017. (2 hours)

VIDEO: Kyle Pilutti, moderator; Shervin Taheran, and Autumn Bordner, "CTBTO Youth Group Panel Discussions—Nuclear Testing and Use," June 28, 2017. (40 minutes)

VIDEO: Rizwan Asghar, moderator; Sarah Bidgood, Sylvia Mishra, Karim El-Baz, Deepshika Kumari, Saurabh Sharma"CTBTO Youth Group Presentations—The CTBT as a Confidence Building Measure," June 28, 2017. (1 hour)

VIDEO: Aditi Malhorta, moderator; Shizuka Kuramitsu, Brenna Gautam, Asya Shavrova  "CTBTO Youth Group Presentations—Advocacy and Outreach," June 28, 2017. (25 minutes)

VIDEO: "Panel Discussion—Global Verification Capability: The Five Announced DPRK Nuclear Tests," Moderator: W. Randy Bell; Panelists: Steven Gibbons, Chiappini Massimo, öcal Necmioglu, Anders Ringbom, Kim Won-Young, June 28, 2017. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

VIDEO: High Level Opening of the CTBT: Science and Technology 2017 Conference, Part 1. "CTBTO Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Keynote Addresses," Introduction: Sanam Shantyaei, France24; Opening Remarks: CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo and Austrian Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs Michael Linhart; Keynotes: Princess Sumaya of Jordan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan; Maria Candida Pereira Teixeira, Angolan Minister for Science and Technology; and Pascale Ultré Guérard, National Centre for Space Studies, France, June 27, 2017. (1 hour, 10 minutes)

VIDEO: High Level Opening of the CTBT: Science and Technology 2017 Conference, Part 2. “Panel Discussion—Seizing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges: The CTBT’s Relevance in a Dynamic Global Context,” Panelists: José Luis Cancela, Uruguay; Grigory Berdennikov, Russia; Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica; William Potter, United States, June 27, 2017. (1 hour, 20 minutes)

VIDEO: "Radionuclide Analysis Demonstration," June 27, 2017. (50 minutes)

VIDEO: "Workshop—Best Practices for Social Media Advocacy," Karin Orantes, UN Social Media team, June 26, 2017. (1 hour, 20 minutes)

Fun Videos on the CTBTO, IMS, and the Treaty: Minute Earth and Minute Physics Animate the Way

MinutePhysics gives a fun and concise video about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and how the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission detects secret nuclear tests (including a little bit about on-site inspections!)

MinuteEarth provides an animated breakdown of the civil applications provided by the CTBTO's International Monitoring System, including whale tracking, volcano eruptions, rocket explosions, and more!

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.