Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Policy Brief No.109 - May, 2021 • By Tariq Rauf
Stop Muddying the Waters on the Appointment
of the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO
Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA
For the better part of a year, diplomats from more than 180 countries have been feuding over the appointment of the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) located in Vienna, alongside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Together with the IAEA, the CTBTO contributes to preventing further proliferation of nuclear weapons and furthering nuclear disarmament. It is too important an organisation to be left to the whims of feuding States or quarrelling diplomats.