The Birth of An Organization

  • Ola DahlmanEmail author
  • P. Mykkeltveit
  • Hein Haak


In the previous chapters we have described the CTBT and the negotiations that created the Treaty, a process that culminated with the opening for signature of the CTBT on 24 September 1996. During the final stages of the CTBT negotiations in the CD, the negotiators faced the additional challenge of laying the foundation for the organization that on behalf of all States Signatories would be entrusted with the task of preparing for the entry into force of the CTBT. The negotiations of the “Text on the Establishment of a Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization” (briefly, the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, or, as also used in this book, the PrepCom) were successfully concluded in the CD. This text was then adopted in a resolution passed at a meeting of States Signatories in New York on 19 November, 1996, one day prior to convening the first session of this new organization.


Work Program Plenary Session Verification System International Monitoring System Ratification Process 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swedish Institute of International AffairsSweden
  2. 2.NORSARNorway
  3. 3.Royal Netherlands Meteorological InstituteNetherlands

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