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Dr Robert Floyd

Australia's candidate for Executive Secretary
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Australia has a long and active commitment to establishing a ban on nuclear weapons tests and now nominates Dr Rob Floyd, a scientist with extensive leadership, management and diplomatic experience, to lead the CTBTO – the first from the indo-pacific region.

Who is Rob Floyd?

  • A consensus builder at the interface of technical and political issues - in nuclear security, safeguards and disarmament verification
  • A passionate advocate for advancing non-proliferation and disarmament
  • An experienced manager, empowering staff and fostering diversity and inclusion - ensuring that different voices are heard and respected
  • A scientist by training, linking scientific expertise with policy and diplomacy

Current position

Dr Floyd is the Director-General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO), which implements the CTBT, Australia’s NPT safeguards and physical security commitments, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty and 25 Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreements.

Other leadership roles

  • Provision of technical advice on the sensitive matter of safeguards implementation to the DG of the IAEA as chair of SAGSI, since 2012
  • Lead development of inspection concepts in the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verifi cation as a co-chair, since 2015
  • Guide the preparatory process for the inaugural review of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material as amended

Dr Floyd's priorities

  • Promote further signatures and ratifications, stressing the CTBT’s importance for global security and disarmament
  • Build on the PrepCom’s remarkable progress and enhance partnership with member states
  • Enhance technical capacity so that all member states benefit from the Treaty
  • Ensure that the CTBTO retains and attracts great staff, supporting diversity in all its dimensions

Australia's commitment to the CTBT

Australia brought the CTBT text into the UN General Assembly for endorsement in 1996.

Australia has advocated at a high political level since the 1980s for a ban on nuclear weapons tests and has continued to support the Treaty and the CTBTO, co-chairing the Friends of the CTBT Ministerial process and leading the annual UNGA CTBT resolution. Australian experts actively engage in the development of all aspects of the verifi cation regime.

As Director-General of ASNO, Dr Floyd oversees operation of Australia’s 23 IMS facilities - the third largest number of any country.

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