The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban
Treaty Organization (CTBTO Preparatory Commission) was established on 19
November 1996 by a Resolution adopted by the Meeting of States
Signatories at the United Nations in New York.
The Preparatory Commission was established to prepare for the
Treaty's entry into force. This will occur 180 days after the Treaty has
been ratified by the 44 States listed in its Annex 2. Following the
first conference of the States Parties to the CTBT, the Preparatory
Commission will cease to exist and the CTBTO will be
The Preparatory Commission is a cost-effective, results-oriented
international organization financed by the CTBT States Signatories.
It has a strong technical focus, with some 80 per cent of its budget
dedicated to the establishment of the global verification regime.
- In June 2000, a relationship agreement between the United Nations
and the Preparatory Commission was signed and entered into force.
The Preparatory Commission consists of the States Signatories. After
signing the CTBT, a State automatically becomes a member of the
The Preparatory Commission consists of two organs: a plenary body
composed of all the States Signatories (also know as the Preparatory
Commission), and the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS).
The PTS started its work in Vienna on 17 March 1997 under its
Executive Secretary, Wolfgang Hoffmann.
Ambassador R.I. Rhousdy Soeriaatmadja, Permanent Representative of
Indonesia, is the Chairperson of the Preparatory Commission for the
second half of 2001.
Vice-Chairpersons for the same period are Nigeria (Africa), Russian
Federation (Eastern Europe), Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean),
Italy (North America and Western Europe) and Japan (South-East Asia, the
Pacific and the Far East).
Only nationals of States Signatories may serve in the Provisional
States Signatories participate actively in the work of the
policy-making organs of the Preparatory Commission, as well as providing
the necessary financial backing.
Payment of assessed contributions is an important barometer to gauge
this commitment and support. The collection rate for 2001 stands as at
29 June at 74,8 percent, which is an exceptionally high figure for an
- The budget for 2001 is US$83,499,500.