August 29 - International Day Against Nuclear Tests

The International Day against Nuclear Tests is marked on August 29th.

The UN General Assembly declared this date based on the resolution initiated by Kazakhstan in 2009.

On this day, 28 years ago, the Semipalatinsk test site was officially closed under the decree of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The country gave up on using the fourth-largest nuclear missile potential in the world.

Today Kazakhstan is one of the leaders of the global anti-nuclear movement. Kazakhstan has launched an international project, ATOM, to contribute to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Under the project, any resident of the world can sign an online petition with a message to abandon nuclear tests forever.

In addition, Kazakhstan’s initiative on creating a nuclear-weapons-free zone in Central Asia together with neighboring countries has become very important. This is the fifth zone of its kind in the world.

Kazakhstan has also become an initiator and co-author of the Universal Declaration on a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, which was approved by the UN General Assembly in December 2015.