Working paper: The Order's relations with the CTBTO Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

14/06/2011

Working paper: The Order’s relations with the CTBTO

The Sovereign Order of Malta founded over 950 years ago and being with its sovereign status, one of the oldest humanitarian hospitaller entity, has full bilateral relations with exchange of ambassadors with 104 countries, official relations with 6 countries, official representations and permanent observer status to the United Nations, official relations at ambassador level with the European Union and numerous international organizations, providing a unique diplomatic humanitarian network which is both a demonstration of its sovereignty and an operational instrument for its humanitarian activities.

We value the Treaty as an instrument for international cooperation and confidence building. The past year has seen a stronger global debate on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, notably with a successful NPT Review Conference reaffirming, inter alia, the vital importance of the CTBT’s early entry into force.

The verification of the CTBT faces challenges that demand close collaboration with science and technology. The recent multidisciplinary scientific conference held at the Hofburg here in Vienna was aimed to foster partnerships on many levels and involve scientists and technologists in areas potentially relevant to the Treaty’s verification system. Furthermore it was also exploring scientific applications of the Treaty’s verification infrastructure and encourages partnerships and knowledge exchange between the Commission and the broader scientific community.

The data produced by the monitoring stations could also be used for civil and scientific applications, such as tsunami warnings, earthquake monitoring, underwater volcano observation and meteorological findings relating to climate change.

This could be seen as a very helpful link to the activities of Malteser International, the Order’ worldwide relief organization which expresses the Order of Malta’s mission to help people in disasters and crisis worldwide, and could help to strengthen the Order’s capacity for international emergency relief and rehabilitation.

We see the CTBT an example of how issues and conflicts concerning the world community can be subject to conjoint regulation when all work together for this common goal.

In conclusion, reiterating the commitment of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the objectives of CTBT, once again we express our support for the activities of the PTS and the Executive Secretary, and assure you the full cooperation of our delegation.