States urged by UN Chief to ban nuclear testing to stop human suffering

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Countries that have not ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing should look squarely at the human suffering it causes, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

On Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon was speaking at an event to mark the international day against nuclear tests, which raises awareness about the need to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

The UN Chief said nuclear disarmament is a priority, and ending testing is a central component.

He appealed to States that have not yet ratified the Treaty, especially the remaining eight that possess nuclear power and whose ratification is required for the Treaty's entry into force.

“I call on the world community not to allow despair or cynicism to erode our commitment to this great common cause. I wish to appeal particularly to those States that have not yet ratified the CTBT, I wish to encourage them to look squarely at the human suffering the rest of the world is trying to address. “(0'24")

The eight States whose ratification is still pending are Egypt, India, Pakistan, the United States, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, and Israel.

Mr Ban added that as we commemorate this International Day, the world should take a fresh look at survivors' stories and imagine the effects of these detonations as if they were experienced by each of us.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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