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Two decades after it was signed,the United Nations (UN) urged all countries to work for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) entry into force in order to advance toward a nuclear-weapon-free world. UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 31 AUGUST 2016, NEW YORK CITY / 30 AUGUST 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

31 AUGUST 2016 NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Chamber
3. SOUDNBITE (English) Kim Won-soo, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“I especially urge immediate action by the eight remaining Annex II countries. Any one of them can and should be the first to ratify. That will encourage others to follow suit and generate a cascade of benefits for the broader disarmament and non-proliferation agenda. I also call for action by the more than twenty non-Annex II States that have yet to sign or ratify the treaty. Let us understand that for many of these States, they are willing but not able, and so deserve our full assistance.”
4. Wide shot, Trusteeship Chamber
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations:
“Freeing the planet from the threat of nuclear suicide will not be easy. And my leadership is calling for the need for the well-developed programme and consulted algorithm for action of the entire world community.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations:
“It is necessary to codify all international laws related to nuclear security. There have to be structures against proliferation with great accountability and these regulations and agreements should be approved by the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”
8. Wide shot, delegates leaving the chamber

30 AUGUST 2016, NEW YORK CITY

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):
“If the international community cannot get an agreement on saying no and never to nuclear testing, I’ll find it difficult to achieve a world free of nuclear weapon. We will all contribute to that, we might not achieve it in our lifetime, but it’s all about what we want to prepare for the future generation. And I think we all have a moral responsibility to that.”

FILE - IAEA - OCTOBER 2010, PRIPYAT, UKRAINE

10. Zoom in, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant from rooftop in Pripyat
11. Wide shot, abandoned merry-go-round and Ferris wheel in abandoned amusement park
12. Med shot, disused bumper car

FILE - DECEMBER 2010, VINCA, SERBIA

13.Various shots, reading radioactive levels in the plant

30 AUGUST 2016, NEW YORK CITY

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):
“Politically, I think we achieved near universalization. 183 countries have signed the treaty, 164 and maybe 166 in the next couple of weeks would ratify the treaty. There is nearly universal, we are talking about over 90 per cent of the international community that they know and never do nuclear testing. So politically it is an achievement, but politically this achievement seems to be darkening, if I can use the word, by the fact that eight remaining countries are basically taking hostage of the international community by not ratifying the treaty, to allow it to enter into force. And this is a problem we have. We need some action, we need a political will to try to move in that situation.”

FILE - IAEA - OCTOBER 2010, ZAPOVEDNIK, BELARUS

15. Close up, ‘trefoil’ radiation symbol
16. Wide shot, workers taking soil samples for radioactivity testing
17. Close up, workers putting soil samples for radioactivity testing into plastic bag
18. Close up, workers taking tree samples for radioactivity testing
19. Close up, radiation testing

STORYLINE:

Two decades after it was signed,the United Nations (UN) today (31 Aug) urged all countries to work for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) entry into force in order to advance toward a nuclear-weapon-free world.

In a statement delivered by the UN Disarmament Affairs Chief in New York, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged “immediate action by the eight remaining Annex II countries,” adding that “any one of them can and should be the first to ratify. That will encourage others to follow suit and generate a cascade of benefits for the broader disarmament and non-proliferation agenda.”

Ban also called for action “by the more than twenty non-Annex II States that have yet to sign or ratify the treaty,” adding that “for many of these States, they are willing but not able, and so deserve our full assistance.”

Emphasizing that “freeing the planet from the threat of nuclear suicide will not be easy,” the Kazakhstan Ambassodor Kairat Abdrakhmanov said “my leadership is calling for the need for the well-developed programme and consulted algorithm for action of the entire world community.”

He continued, “it is necessary to codify all international laws related to nuclear security. There have to be structures against proliferation with great accountability and these regulations and agreements should be approved by the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”

During an interview yesterday, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, said “if the international community cannot get an agreement on saying no and never to nuclear testing, I’ll find it difficult to achieve a world free of nuclear weapon. We will all contribute to that, we might not achieve it in our lifetime, but it’s all about what we want to prepare for the future generation. And I think we all have a moral responsibility to that.”

Speaking about the political achievement of the CTBT, Zerbo said “we achieved near universalization. 183 countries have signed the treaty, 164 and maybe 166 in the next couple of weeks would ratify the treaty. There is nearly universal, we are talking about over 90 per cent of the international community that they know and never do nuclear testing.”

Concerning the political achievement of the CTBT “seems to be darkening”, Zerbo said “eight remaining countries are basically taking hostage of the international community by not ratifying the treaty, to allow it to enter into force. And this is a problem we have. We need some action, we need a political will to try to move in that situation.”

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.

The UN General Assembly chose 29 August the International Day Against Nuclear Tests since it marks the day in 1991 when Semipalatinsk, one of the largest test sites in the world and located in north-eastern Kazakhstan, was closed permanently.
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