UN / NUCLEAR TESTS

09-Sep-2019 00:02:00
In an event to mark the International day against Nuclear Tests, UN chief António Guterres once again called upon all States to “sign and ratify the CTBT without further delay, and for those remaining eight States to do so with a sense of urgency,” adding "in the 21st century, nuclear testing is simply not acceptable.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

09 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“I want to use this opportunity to once again call upon all States to sign and ratify the CTBT without further delay, and for those remaining eight States to do so with a sense of urgency. In the 21st century, nuclear testing is simply not acceptable.”
4. Med shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“It is not acceptable to destroy and contaminate the environment. It is not acceptable for local populations to suffer from radioactive fallout and other nuclear byproducts. And it is not acceptable to prevent the entry into force of the CTBT and, thereby, withhold a valuable restraint on the qualitative and quantitative proliferation of nuclear weapons and a practical step towards their total elimination.”
6. Wide shot, Zerbo walking to the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization:
“The risk of nuclear proliferation and the threat of nuclear terrorism continue to pose great challenges for the international community. In order to guarantee the continued viability of nuclear power for peace and development, we must reinforce and build upon the legal framework that has been painstakingly established to keep nuclear risks low, while ensuring that countries can continue to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
8. Wide shot, Zerbo at the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization:
“The CTBT is a crucial, and long overdue, step that will help to ensure the continued vitality of the international nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. If we work together, I am confident we can achieve this noble aim.”
10. Wide shot, Zerbo at the podium
STORYLINE
In an event the International day against Nuclear Tests, UN chief António Guterres once again called upon all States to “sign and ratify the CTBT without further delay, and for those remaining eight States to do so with a sense of urgency.”

Addressing a high-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres today (09 Sep) reiterated that “in the 21st century, nuclear testing is simply not acceptable.”

He said, “it is not acceptable to destroy and contaminate the environment. It is not acceptable for local populations to suffer from radioactive fallout and other nuclear byproducts.”

Guterres also reminded the international community that the Treaty has not yet entered into force.

Eight of the 44 States whose ratification is necessary for the Treaty to enter into force have not yet ratified it.

The UN chief continued, “it is not acceptable to prevent the entry into force of the CTBT and, thereby, withhold a valuable restraint on the qualitative and quantitative proliferation of nuclear weapons and a practical step towards their total elimination.”

Also addressing delegates was Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. He reiterated that “the risk of nuclear proliferation and the threat of nuclear terrorism continue to pose great challenges for the international community.”

Zerbo added, “in order to guarantee the continued viability of nuclear power for peace and development, we must reinforce and build upon the legal framework that has been painstakingly established to keep nuclear risks low, while ensuring that countries can continue to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”

On the Importance of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Zerbo said, “the CTBT is a crucial, and long overdue, step that will help to ensure the continued vitality of the international nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime.” He stressed, “if we work together, I am confident we can achieve this noble aim.”

On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
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