September 27, 2012 - New York City - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird participates in a meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, an event held on the margins of the 67th UN General Assembly.
Baird co-hosted the meeting with his counterparts from Australia, Finland, Japan and the Netherlands. During the meeting, he introduced a Joint Ministerial Statement in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The statement has been endorsed by over 70 countries, including, for the first time, the five nuclear weapons states.
This year’s Joint Ministerial Statement includes a number of key points. It reiterates support for the Treaty and its entry into force; welcomes recent ratifications, most notably that of Indonesia in February; calls upon states that have not yet done so to ratify the Treaty and, in the meantime, maintain their moratoria on nuclear testing; and demands that North Korea refrain from conducting any further nuclear tests.
Canada has recently completed a contribution arrangement with the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna to provide state-of-the-art Canadian radiation detection equipment, which is essential for the conduct of on-site inspections.