The entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a common goal of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

This was the key message of Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, while addressing the organization’s highest decision-making body in Vienna, Austria, on 16 June 2014.

Describing the cooperation between the CTBTO and the United Nations, Kane underscored the enduring commitment of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to securing the CTBT’s entry into force: “Building on his personal experience as a chair of this CTBTO PrepCom in 1999, he has placed special emphasis on the promotion of an early entry into force of the Treaty as our common goal. He has taken every reasonable opportunity to urge its ratification without delay by the remaining States, in particular the eight Annex 2 States.” These Annex 2 States - China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States – must all ratify the CTBT before it can enter into force.”