Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Linhart opens Vienna Science and Technology 2015 Conference

Nuclear tests have to be banned once and for all – Call upon remaining states to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Vienna, 23 June 2015 - The Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr.  Michael Linhart, opened the “Science and Technology 2015 Conference”, which is organised by the Vienna based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and is dedicated to the interplay between science and technology, in the Vienna Hofburg today. This is the fifth interdisciplinary conference in a row, with a focus on further strengthening the already established and close cooperation between representatives of science and technology with the CTBTO. The conference provides a forum, in which scientists from all over the world have the opportunity to exchange their views and opinions on all questions of expertise and progress in monitoring- and verification- technologies relevant to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Secretary General, Linhart in his opening speech pointed out that the global verification system not only has been significantly expanded in the last 19 years, but that it furthermore was heartening, to know a sustainable dialogue and exchange between CTBTO and the scientific community has been established. In connection to nuclear disarmament efforts Secretary General Linhart underlined the necessity of the international community of states having to heed the results and warnings of the scientific world. It were in their hands to create the deciding political will for the pressingly necessary turning away from nuclear weaponry worldwide.

The expert conference, supported by Austria, is gathering more than 1.100 highly qualified participants from the fields of science, technology, research and diplomacy.