CTBTO: Italy in Vienna underlines importance verification regime

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VIENNA, MARCH 25 – Addressing the Working Group B of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the Italian permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Maria Assunta Accili underlined the importance of the verification regime and highlighted the relevance of data collected through mobile measurement campaigns as well as the invaluable contribution of scientific and civil applications.

The Working Group B of the CTBTO meets twice a year to asses the technical issues related to the implementation of the treaty and its verification regime. During ten days, experts coming from more than 83 State Signatories or Observer States from the CTBTO will discuss the technical report referring to the verification activities of the 2nd half of 2018 (deployment of the International Monitoring System, conformity of the stations operation with the requirements defined in the Treaty) and the technical progress made by the States Signatories, in close collaboration with the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS), to improve the operation and the ability of the IMS in detecting clandestine nuclear tests and to fulfill its surveillance mission.

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) will become fully operational upon the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. As of today, pending the entry into force of the Treaty, it has been acting through a Preparatory Commission that was chaired by Italy in 2018. (@OnuItalia)