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August 7, 2018
Project for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

Project for the CTBT Blog

The Project for the CTBT aims to support and coordinate the work of NGOs and policy, scientific and security experts in order to provide the public and policy-makers with sound information and analysis about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The following updates provide news and analyses on the status of the treaty and work of the CTBT Organization. To receive these by email, subscribe to our regular updates list.

Quick References:

  • Amendment on CTBTO Funding Undermines Global Test Ban
    July 17, 2017
    An amendment to “restrict” all funding for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization—except for the International Monitoring System—was introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, based on February 7 legislation introduced by Wilson and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
  • Fun Videos on the CTBT Treaty, IMS, and the CTBTO
    July 10, 2017
    MinutePhysics gives a fun and concise video about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and how the CTBT Organization Preparatory Commission detects secret nuclear tests (including a little bit about on-site inspections!).
  • The CTBTO 2017 Science and Technology Conference: Day 5
    June 30, 2017
    The final day of the 2017 Science and Technology conference began with a discussion of how the CTBT can be advanced through “science diplomacy.”
  • The CTBTO 2017 Science and Technology Conference: Day 4
    June 29, 2017
    Day 4 of the conference began to focus on the intersection between science and policy, and the importance of translating complicated science into simplified language for diplomats and policymakers.
  • The CTBTO 2017 Science and Technology Conference: Day 3
    June 27, 2017
    Educational initiatives remained at the forefront of the conference’s third day with the panel discussion “Training Education and Public Advocacy for the CTBT: The Role of Academia in Securing the Treaty’s Entry into Force and Universalization.”
  • The CTBTO 2017 Science and Technology Conference: Day 2
    June 27, 2017
    The CTBTO Science and Technology 2017 kicked off on Tuesday, June 26, 2017 with a High Level Opening panel moderated by Sanam Shantyaei from the France24 news television network, that stressed the critical juncture faced by the disarmament community in the year 2017.
  • The CTBTO 2017 Science and Technology Conference: Day 1
    June 26, 2017
    The CTBTO Science and Technology 2017 began with introductory remarks from Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Dr. Lassina Zerbo at the specifically designated morning-long CTBTO Youth Group Orientation Session.
  • CTBTO Certifies Final Hydroacoustic Station
    June 20, 2017
    The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization released a press release today stating that the CTBTO has successfully certified its eleventh, and final, hydroacoustic station June 19, 2017 on the Crozet Islands (France).
  • DOE's Report Claims "Revolutions" in CTBT-Related Science
    June 13, 2017
    Earlier this week the Los Alamos National Laboratory released a report, “Trends in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research and Development -- A Physics Perspective,” assessing current literature relating to explosion monitoring and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) for the years 1993 to 2016. The LANL report claims that "there have been significant technological and scientific revolutions in the fields of seismology, acoustics, and radionuclide sciences as they relate to nuclear explosion monitoring" and the CTBT, and also highlights how the CTBT was necessary to universalize monitoring to more than just nuclear states like the United States and diversify the monitoring capacity and abilities.
  • CTBTO Funding Included in State FY 2018 Budget Request
    May 24, 2017
    The Trump administration's State Department budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes full funding for the United States assessed contribution to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), which operates the global monitoring system to detect and deter nuclear explosions and verify compliance with the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).