The Executive Council

The Executive Council

The goal of fair geographical distribution will be important

The Executive Council is the executive body. It implements the wishes of the CTBTO and will be accountable to the Conference. It will consist of only 51 States Parties elected by the Conference of States Parties, even though each State Party has the right to serve on it.

Election to the Executive Council will take into consideration the goal of fair geographical distribution among States Parties. This Council will make decisions on procedural matters by a majority of all its members. On matters of substance, a two-thirds majority of all its members will be needed on issues requiring a vote. If there is ambiguity on whether a matter is substantive or not, that matter will be presumed to be one of substance.

The main purpose of the Executive Council, which will consist of 51 States Parties elected by the Conference of States Parties once the Treaty enters into force, will be to implement the wishes of the CTBTO and to be accountable to the Conference.

The main duties of the Executive Council are inter alia to promote the effective implementation of, and compliance with, the Treaty and to oversee the affairs of the Technical Secretariat.

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