Day against nuclear tests

August 29, International day against nuclear tests, a day to raise awareness about the catastrophic impact of nuclear tests

The August 29 was declared by the UN as an International day against nuclear tests.

A day to raise awareness about the catastrophic impact of nuclear weapons testing or any other nuclear explosion.

And convey the need to abolish nuclear tests as one of the ways to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

This resolution was approved at the initiative of the government of Kazakhstan and the date chosen, in memory of the day on which the Semipalátinsk nuclear test site was closed, in Kazakhstan in 1991.

On December 2 of 2009, the General Assembly unanimously approved its 64 / 35 resolution where the August 29 is declared as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

The first commemoration of this day was celebrated in 2010

Since then, a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has been negotiated and an Organization has been established for its implementation, but the treaty does not yet have universal support and has not entered into force.

Parliaments, governments and civil society are encouraged to commemorate International Day against Nuclear Tests through declarations and events that promote the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, as well as the prohibition of the use of nuclear weapons and achievement of a world free of nuclear weapons.

The ATOM Project asks for a moment of silence

Karipbek Kuyukov, victim of the second generation of Soviet nuclear tests and honorary ambassador of the ATOM project, appeals to people around the world to observe a moment of silence on the August 29.

"Nuclear weapons tests in Kazakhstan and around the world unleashed untold amounts of suffering," Kuyukov said.

“The suffering of these victims continues today. Your struggles cannot be forgotten. I urge, in memory of those who have suffered and continue to do so, to people around the world to observe a moment of silence that day. ”

Kuyukov would like people to observe the moment of silence at 11: 05 am, local time.

At this time, the hands of the analog clock form a Roman letter "V", which symbolizes victory.

"The moment of silence and the representation of victory honor those who have suffered and urge the international community to continue seeking victory over the threat of nuclear weapons."

Memorial events

Projection of 'Where the wind blew', followed by a colloquium

2pm 23 August 2019

Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia Where the Wind Blew is a dramatic documentary about the impact of nuclear tests and cooperation between the anti-nuclear movements in Kazakhstan and the United States (the Nevada-Semipalátinsk movement) that succeeded in closing Semipalátinsk nuclear test site and pave the way for The CTBT.

The screening commemorates the International Day against Nuclear Tests and the 30 anniversary of the founding of the Nevada-Semipalátinsk movement.

The event is in Russian. To register contact: Alzhan Tursunkulov by tel. 8 (495) 627 18 34, WhatsApp: 8 (926) 800 6477, email:

Conference on the promotion of cooperation between nuclear-weapon-free zones (ZLAN)

August 28-29, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The conference is by invitation only, but will produce a results document for wide circulation.

UN, Geneva: Panel discussion on cooperation between ZLAN

Monday September 2. 13: 15 - 15: 00 pm Geneva, Palace of Nations, Room XXVII


HE Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova. Permanent representative of Kazakhstan to the UN in Geneva

Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director General, United Nations Office in Geneva

Mr. Alyn Ware; Global Coordinator of PNND, Consultant of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Weapons

Mr. Pavel Podvig. Principal Investigator, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Strategic Weapons Program, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

Click here to see the flyer of the event.

Those who do not have a UN pass interested in the event, contact: before the August 28.

UN, New York: high-level plenary meeting

Thursday 9 of September of 2019. Time: 10: 00 am

General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters

Opening remarks: HE María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly

Those who do not have a UN Pass interested in this event should contact: Ms. Diane Barnes at + 1212963 9169, email:

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