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German Foreign Minister Maas assumes leading role in banning nuclear testing

Außenminister Maas: Vorsitz bei der Artikel-XIV-Konferenz des Atomwaffen-Teststoppabkommens CTBT

Außenminister Maas: Vorsitz bei der Artikel-XIV-Konferenz des Atomwaffen-Teststoppabkommens CTBT, © Ständige Vertretung

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CTBTO: Artikel-XIV-Konferenz New York, 25. September 2019: Außenminister Maas© CTBTO (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctbto/48798915582/in/photostream/; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)


New York, 25 September 2019: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, together with Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, chaired a conference to push for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), attended by some fifty Foreign Ministers and other high-level officials gathered at UN headquarters in New York.


“Nuclear tests continue to pose a grave threat to international peace and security. I think we all agree: Stopping nuclear testing once and for all would constrain the proliferation and development of new nuclear weapons. It would thus constitute a major step towards a world without nuclear weapons. It is our responsibility to move forward on this path – we owe this to our children and future generations.”
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

The event was also attended by the President of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad and the head of the Treaty organization CTBTO, Lassina Zerbo.

While the 1996 CTBT enjoys near-universal support with 184 signatures and 168 ratifications, it has yet to enter into force. For this to happen, the Treaty requires 44 States listed in its “Annex 2” to ratify. Of these, China, Egypt, Israel, Iran and the United States have signed but yet to ratify, while India, Pakistan and North Korea remain non-signatories.

The conference, known as Art. XIV Conference, adopted a Final Declaration calling for the CTBT’s entry into force.


We reaffirm the vital importance and urgency of the entry into force of the CTBT and urge all States to remain seized of the issue at the highest political level.”
Art. XIV Ministerial Declaration  


CTBTO: Artikel-XIV-Konferenz am 25. September 2019 in New York: Botschafter Küntzle, Exekutivsekretär Zerbo
CTBTO: Artikel-XIV-Konferenz am 25. September 2019 in New York: Botschafter Küntzle, Exekutivsekretär Zerbo© CTBTO (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctbto/48798915582/in/photostream/; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)


Germany also provides strong financial and technical support to the CTBTO.

For background see:

CTBTO Art. XIV Conference Page

German Federal Foreign Office page on CTBT (in German)





CTBTO: Artikel-XIV-Konferenz am 25. September 2019 in New York: Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle
CTBTO: Artikel-XIV-Konferenz am 25. September 2019 in New York: Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle© CTBTO (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctbto/48798915582/in/photostream/; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)


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