Kane discusses cooperative efforts with Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization

High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations Angela Kane discussed cooperative efforts between the U.N. and the Preparatory Commission for the
 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) on Monday at a session of the commission in Vienna, Austria.

Kane described U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s commitment to CTBTO PrepCom. Ban, who previously served as chair of CTBTO PrepCom in 1999, has promoted the early entry of countries into the organization.

“In September of each year, the United Nations organizes an event in the margins of the General Assembly’s general debate to provide a high-profile opportunity for states to sign and ratify multilateral treaties deposited with the secretary-general,” Kane said. “I would like to encourage all remaining states to use that opportunity to sign this treaty or to deposit their instruments of ratification. This is a superb occasion to demonstrate national commitments to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.”

Kane also acknowledged CTBTO PrepCom’s participation in U.N. meetings regarding arms control and disarmament.

The high representative noted that the cooperation between the U.N. and CTBTO PrepCom extends beyond the policy level into education and capacity building. The U.N. is actively exploring ways to increase cooperation between the U.N. Disarmament Fellowship Programme, which has trained more than 800 officials, and CTBTO’s Capacity Development Initiative.