UAE and CTBTO Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

On 20 May, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates’   National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) met with officials of the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in light of strengthening bilateral cooperation. The meeting was held at the CTBTO headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and explored the potential for deeper cooperation between the UAE and the CTBTO.
The meeting was instrumental in introducing the NCMS to the work of the CTBTO’s International Data Center and its International Monitoring System, which embodies over 300 facilities worldwide that monitor the planet for any sign of a nuclear explosion.

For States Signatories to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the CTBTO offers more robust data sharing with national entities that work with Treaty verification technologies: seismic, radionuclide, hydroacoustic and infrasound.

The NCMS was established in 2007 to monitor the changes that occur in the atmosphere and provide meteorological services and seismic engineering services to all sectors in the UAE. The NCMS is also tasked with the exchange of data and information in this area at the regional and international level, and keeps the Centre up-to-date with scientific progress and the implementation of studies and research in this area.

During the bilateral meeting, a technical partnership was discussed and the CTBTO team provided a tour of the IDC Operations Center and other monitoring facilities on site.

Present at the meeting was the head of the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the IAEA and CTBTO, Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, and Dr. Abdullah Al Mandous, Executive Director of the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology, along with the CTBTO's International Data Center Director, Mr. Randy Bell, and technical staff from these entities.