On the occasion of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty's (CTBT) 20th Anniversary, a Ministerial meeting of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) took place on 13 June 2016 in Vienna. This Ministerial meeting provided the opportunity for leaders and policymakers to discuss the CTBT and the current issues preventing the entry into force of the worldwide ban on nuclear explosions. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, H.E. Federica Mogherini, participated in the meeting together with the Executive Secretary of the organisation, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, H.E. Sebastian Kurz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, H.E. Lazar Comanescu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, H.E. Erlan A. Idrissov, the UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Kim Won-soo, and other high-level governmental representatives. In her speech, HRVP Federica Mogherini reiterated the strong support of the European Union to the CTBTO and for its entry into force.
The CTBTO also organised an exhibition on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary, showcasing the EU-funded equipment that identifies activities which could stem from nuclear tests. Indeed, the efforts of the European Union (EU) towards global disarmament and non-proliferation are shown in the European Union's strong support to the CTBTO: internally, externally, politically and financially. The EU remains strongly committed to the entry into force and universalisation of the CTBT. All 28 EU Members States have signed and ratified the Treaty. The EU is active in reaching out and promoting the Treaty's early entry into force in line with European Union Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
As a multilateral treaty, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, even before its entry into force and in its provisional implementation, plays a central role in underpinning the international non-proliferation regime. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Treaty in 1996. Its goal is to ban nuclear explosions on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.
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