August 29 - The International Day against Nuclear tests
The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed worldwide on August 29. The observance was established in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly on Kazakhstan’s initiative. This particular day was chosen for a reason as 27 years ago Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev issued a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site. According to experts, Kazakhstan is leading the international anti-nuclear movement and launched the international ATOM Project. Kazakhstan initiated and co-authored the Universal Declaration on the Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015. The establishment of the IAEA’s Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan is another proof of the country’s effective policy. Together with many other initiatives of Kazakhstan, it became another step towards strengthening the non-proliferation regime. President Nazarbayev gave speeches multiple times at international summits and conferences, including the most significant platform, which is the United Nations Security Council, urging countries to abandon weapons of mass destruction and stop using nuclear energy for military purposes. Astana hosted the 62nd Pugwash Conference where the leading experts from various countries discussed global challenges posed by nuclear weapons.