The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has urged countries that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so “without delay” they have already caused “enormous damage” to the environment and health.
“Nuclear tests have caused enormous environmental damage and terrible consequences for people’s health living in the affected areas. It’s time to ban all nuclear tests, made by anyone and anywhere. There is no excuse to delay the achievement of this goal, “Guterres has posted on his social networks.
This request is given when the International Day Against Nuclear Tests is celebrated, a date that marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test space in Kazakhstan, the largest site of this type in the former Soviet Union, according to the United Nations in a press release.
The president recalled that this type of practice has caused enormous human suffering and great environmental damage throughout history. Many people had to be relocated from their lands, “disrupting their lives and livelihoods”, at the same time that environments and ecosystems were destroyed, “which will take decades, if not centuries, to heal.”
The closure of the Kazakh space for nuclear testing marked the end of the era of unrestricted testing, and shortly after various nations began negotiating the CTBT, which bans explosive nuclear weapons tests “anywhere, by any country.”
The TCPE was launched in 1996 and to date it has been signed by 185 and ratified by 170 countries, including three nuclear-weapon states. Nevertheless, United Nations calls for it to be signed and ratified by 44 other countries that have nuclear technology.
And it is that, although the regulations against nuclear tests have been developed over the last three decades, Guterres lamented that the full potential of the CTBT has not been harnessed since despite almost total acceptance, it has not yet entered into force.
“I once again urge states that have not yet ratified the treaty to do so without delay.. Eight States whose ratifications are necessary for the Treaty to enter into force have a special responsibility. At the same time, all states must maintain or implement moratoriums on nuclear explosions, “added the UN Secretary General.
Finally, Guterres has claimed this International Day Against Nuclear Tests as an “opportunity” to reaffirm the global commitment to “Ban all nuclear tests, carried out by anyone, anywhere.” “There is no excuse for delaying the achievement of this goal”, has settled.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.