Why was the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty drafted in the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva?
The Conference on Disarmament (CD), and its predecessors—the Ten-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1960), the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1962-68) and the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (1969-78)—is the international community’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiations forum. Major disarmament treaties, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention, have been negotiated there. Thus, the precedent had been established for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty to also be negotiated in this forum. Negotiations took place between 1994 and 1996, at the conclusion of which it was opened for signature on 24 September 1996 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.