CTBTO holds public policy course

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization gave a public policy course from July 15 to 19 on the in-depth nuances of the political and diplomatic themes and issues related to the treaty.

The course reviewed the current status of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and included a description of nuclear testing programs. These topics were presented by former U.N. Undersecretary General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala and the Carnegie Endowment's James Acton, respectively.

The policy course, titled "Proven Treaty, Political Challenge: The CTBT and Multistakeholder Security," was held in Vienna and was available to take online. There were around 600 participants at the event, including government officials, students, academics, scientists and people from a number of non-ratifying Annex 2 States.

Participants were part of a simulation of a future CTBTO Executive Council deliberation that debated whether an on-site inspection in a fictional country should be approved.

"The simulation made me think about things like how the radionuclide information would affect a real decision to go forward with an On-Site Inspection," Marcy Fowler, a course participant, said.

The course was part of the CTBTO's education and outreach activities. The goal of the course was to inspire the next generation of experts in the field in all the varying aspects of the CTBT.