Czech Republic Ambassador Galuska and CTBTO Executive Secretary Zerbo meet

Ambassador of the Czech Republic Vladimir Galuska met with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on August 14 to discuss his credentials and the Czech Republic's commitment to the CTBTO.

Galuska began the conversation by giving Zerbo his congratulations for taking the position as the CTBTO Executive Secretary. Galuska also confirmed the Czech Republic's commitment to advocating for the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and developing its verification regime.

Zerbo confirmed his confidence in the Czech Republic and its longstanding support and briefed Galuska on how the CTBT's verification regime functions. Zerbo also told Galuska about upcoming plans of the CTBTO, which include urgent and professional detection of three nuclear tests conducted by North Korea by the Provisional Technical Secretariat and plans to develop civil uses for the CTBTO's high-end technology.

The CTBTO's high-end technology helped aid Japan during the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011. Zerbo told Galuska about the possibility of a Group of Eminent Persons that can aid in the implementation of the CTBT. Following the meeting, Galuska offered Zerbo a tour around the International Data Centre facilities.

The CTBT was created in 1996 and seeks to ban nuclear testing internationally. The ratification of the treaty marked an international norm against nuclear testing.

Most countries of the world today have signed and ratified the treaty. The CTBTO is in place to ensure the international community upholds its commitment to the treaty.