Annual Report 2008

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A major focus for the Preparatory Commission in 2008 was promotion of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The most significant event in this regard was the Ministerial Meeting in support of the Treaty which was held in New York and attended by government ministers from across the globe. In all, 96 governments endorsed the joint statement that was issued from the meeting. In the course of the year, two countries signed the Treaty, increasing the total number of signatures to 180. Seven more countries ratified the Treaty, bringing the total number of ratifications to 148. This number includes, significantly, 35 of the 44 ratifications required for entry into force of the Treaty. ...

Annual Report 2008         English
OPENING SECTION:          
Cover, Foreword by the Executive Secretary, Directors of the PTS, Table of Content,
Abbreviations
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INTERNATIONAL MONITORING SYSTEM:          
Highlights in 2008, IMS Establishment, Facility Agreements, IMS Sustainment and Maintenance, After Certification, Seismic Monitoring, Infrasound Monitoring, Hydroacoustic Monitoring, Radionuclide Monitoring         [PDF]
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GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS:          
Highlights in 2008, GCI Technology, Expanding Global Communications, Migration to GCI II         [PDF]
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INTERNATIONAL DATA CENTRE:          
Highlights in 2008, Support and Build-Up, From Raw Data to Final Product, Operations Centre, National Data Centres, Simulating Sound Propagation in the Atmosphere, International Noble Gas Experiment, Tracking Radionuclides Through the Atmosphere, Tsunami Early Warning Systems, International Scientific Studies         [PDF]
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PREPARING FOR ON-SITE INSPECTIONS:          
Highlights in 2008, Integrated Field Exercise, Inspection Team, Operations Support Centre, Activities in the Field, Follow-Up, Training Inspectors for the Exercise, Equipment Pool         [PDF]
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CAPACITY BUILDING:          
Highlights in 2008, Training Station Operators and NDC Technical Staff, Training Analysts, On-Site Inspection Outreach Activities, Operation and Maintenance Workshop, NDC Development Workshops, Noble Gas, Infrasound and Laboratory Workshops, E-Learning         [PDF]
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IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY:          
Highlights in 2008, Developing the Quality Management System, Evaluating On-Site Inspection Activities, Feedback from National Data Centres, Evaluation Practices and the United Nations         [PDF]
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POLICY MAKING:          
Highlights in 2008, Meetings in 2008, Expanding Participation of Experts from Developing Countries, Supporting the Policy Making Organs         [PDF]
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OUTREACH:          
Highlights in 2008, Towards Universality of the Treaty, Interacting with the International Community, Ministerial Meeting, International Cooperation, Promoting the Treaty and the Commission, Joint Ministerial Statement on the CTBT         [PDF]
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MANAGEMENT:          
Highlights in 2008, Restructuring the Provisional Technical Secretariat, Finance, Procurement, Human Resources         [PDF]
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SIGNATURE AND RATIFICATION:          
States Whose Ratification is Required for the Treaty to Enter into Force, Status of Signature and Ratification of the Treaty, Map, Table         [PDF]
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