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News in Brief 16 July 2020

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UN nuclear test ban needs to be enforced, says Uruguay’s vice minister

A ban on all nuclear testing would send a “clear message” that the international community is determined to achieve a nuclear-free world.

That’s what José Luis Cancela, Uruguay’s vice minister of foreign affairs, said during the Science and Technology Conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, was adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago but it has yet to come into force.


Youth “essential” in push for nuclear weapon-free world

Young people can help mobilize support for a nuclear weapon-free world by spreading the word through social media, according to the head of a UN partner organisation working to end nuclear testing.

Lassina Zerbo, Secretary-General of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) was speaking ahead of a meeting which opens on Tuesday and runs through Friday.