UN chief urges all countries to sign, ratify treaty on nuclear test ban

UN chief urges all countries to sign, ratify treaty on nuclear test ban

NEW YORK: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all countries to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), while calling nuclear testing in the 21st century “simply not acceptable”m, Xinhua news agency reported.

The CTBT is one of the most widely supported multilateral treaties, with 184 States signatures and 168 ratifications, the UN chief said at a high-level meeting on Monday to commemorate the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

The treaty has not yet entered into force, as eight of the 44 States whose ratification is necessary for the treaty have not ratified it, according to Guterres.

“I want to use this opportunity to once again call upon all States to sign and ratify the CTBT without further delay, and for those remaining eight States to do so with a sense of urgency,” he said.

It is not acceptable to prevent the entry into force of the CTBT, and thereby withhold a valuable restraint on the qualitative and quantitative proliferation of nuclear weapons and a practical step towards their total elimination, Guterres added.

Back in 2009, the 64th session of the UN General Assembly declared Aug 29 the International Day against Nuclear Tests, by unanimously adopting a resolution that had been initiated with a view to commemorating the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan on Aug 29, 1991.

The UN promotes the day to pay tribute to the victims of nuclear tests, as well as to raise awareness of the continued threat that such tests pose to the environment and international security.


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