Page 1, Status as an international organization

Standing as an international organization

Ernst Walch (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Principality of Liechtenstein, deposits the instruments of Ratification of the CTBT on 22 June 2004.

The Preparatory Commission is an international organization financed by the CTBT States Signatories. Cost-effective and results-oriented, it has a strong technical focus, with some 80% of its budget allocated to the establishment of the global verification regime.

The Resolution establishing the Commission, granted it standing as an international organization, and gave it the legal authority it needed to function. This included the build-up of the verification regime and the provisional operation of it. The Commission also has the authority to negotiate and enter into international agreements.

The Commission is not part of the United Nations although it follows the UN system for international civil service. This includes practices related to administration, finance and personnel.

The Preparatory Commission has a strong technical focus,with some 80% of its budget allocated to the establishment of the global verification regime, all financed by the CTBT States Signatories.
Barbados signs CTBT on 14 January 2008. The Preparatory Commission is an international organization financed by the CTBT States Signatories.

The Commission entered into a relationship agreement with the United Nations in June 2000. This agreement brings the Commission, an independent organization with its own membership and budget, into a formal relationship with the United Nations. The agreement provides a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two organizations. Such cooperation facilitates the Commission’s task of carrying out the necessary preparations for the effective implementation of the Treaty, including the establishment of the global verification regime. The agreement also allows for the mutual exchange of information, the mutual participation in each others meetings, and eliminates the need for duplication of common services required by both (e.g. conference, translation and interpretation services).