Annual Report 2013

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In 2013, international support for the Treaty grew further. With the ratification of the Treaty by Brunei Darussalam, Chad, Guinea-Bissau and Iraq, the number of ratifying States rose to 161, surpassing the milestone of 160 ratifications. The year was also marked by a series of high profile initiatives to promote the Treaty, including the Article XIV conference and the launch of the Group of Eminent Persons. Although the announced nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea represented a challenge to the international norm against nuclear testing, it confirmed the capability of the verification regime of the Treaty. A Science and Technology conference was held to further strengthen the interaction of the Preparatory Commission with scientific and technological institutions and academia. The conference discussed recent and emerging technologies relevant to the verification regime as well as its civil and scientific applications. Major preparatory activities for the Integrated Field Exercise in 2014 were undertaken throughout the year, involving hundreds of experts from States Signatories and the Provisional Technical Secretariat.

Annual Report 2013          
OPENING SECTION:          
Message from the Executive Secretary, Treaty, Preparatory Commission, Summary, Table of Contents, Organizational Structure of the PTS (31.12.2012), Abbreviations         [PDF]
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INTERNATIONAL MONITORING SYSTEM          
Highlights in 2013, Enhanced coverage of noble gas monitoring, Resumption of data flow from installed IMS stations hosted by China, Increased efficiency in maintenance and logistics support and technology development for IMS stations         [PDF]
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GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS:          
Highlights in 2013, Maintaining GCI availability above 99.77%, Transmitting over 35 gigabytes of data and products per day, Contributing to the preparations of IFE14 in 2014         [PDF]
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INTERNATIONAL DATA CENTRE:          
Highlights in 2013, Response to an announced nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Holding of the Science and Technology 2013 conference, aimed at integrating promising technologies and methods into the verification regime, Collaboration with radiopharmaceutical producers to mitigate the effects of radioxenon emissions         [PDF]
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CONDUCTING ON-SITE INSPECTIONS:          
Highlights in 2013, Conclusion of the four year OSI action plan and completion of the second training cycle for surrogate inspectors, Further progress in preparing for the IFE, including the conduct of BUE III and OSI Workshop-21, Conduct of five field operational tests related to OSI techniques and technologies         [PDF]
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CAPACITY BUILDING:          
Highlights in 2013, Considerable increase in capacity building activities of the Commission, Offering a total of 20 weeks of NDC analyst training courses, Launching the first purely e-learning based NDC capacity building course         [PDF]
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IMPROVING PERFORMANCE and EFFICIENCY:          
Highlights in 2013, Further development and consolidation of the QMS, Enhancement of PRTool and refinement of KPIs, Evaluation of BUE III and preparations for the evaluation of the IFE in 2014         [PDF]
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POLICY MAKING:          
Highlights in 2013, Participation of the President of Burkina Faso in the Fortieth Session of the Preparatory Commission, Further improvement of the method of work of WGB, Further implementation of the virtual paper approach and launch of the new ECS         [PDF]
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OUTREACH:          
Highlights in 2013, Ratification of the Treaty by Brunei Darussalam, Chad, Guinea-Bissau and Iraq, Considerable expansion of outreach and education activities, Considerable surge in media coverage of the Treaty and the work of the Commission         [PDF]
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MANAGEMENT:          
Highlights in 2013, Increase in collection rates of the assessed contributions, Further increase in numbers of female staff in the Professional category, Further progress in the implementation of the IPSAS-compliant ERP system         [PDF]
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FACILITATING THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE TREATY          
The eighth Article XIV conference, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, September 2013         [PDF]
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SIGNATURE and RATIFICATION:          
States Whose Ratification Is Required for the Treaty To Enter Into Force (31 December 2013), Status of Signature and Ratification of the Treaty (31 December 2013), Status of Signature and Ratification of the Treaty by Geographical Region (31 December 2013)         [PDF]
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