International Day against Nuclear Tests focus on 'Path to Zero'
Thursday, 29 August 2013, New York | United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
The fourth annual International Day against Nuclear Tests will be observed on 29 August across the world by the United Nations and Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation, academic institutions and youth networks, all advocating for a safer and more secure world. The goal is to inform and educate on the importance of banning nuclear tests for a more secure world.
The events worldwide, many organized and supported by the United Nations staff, will include workshops, exhibits, competitions to help build awareness of the day and its objectives. In addition, throughout the year, events are expected to be held globally at universities, academic institutions, schools and with youth organizations to raise awareness against nuclear tests.
At UN Headquarters, the Day will be observed on 5 September in an Informal Meeting in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, convened by the President of the General Assembly, and organized in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan - The Informal Meeting will be live cast on UN Webcast on the day: http://webtv.un.org/ . It will include a High Level Panel on the ‘Path to Zero: Role of the United Nations in Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation,’ in the presence of the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the Minister for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Vladimir Bozhko.
To mark the Day, an exhibition entitled, “Peace Now: Abolish Nuclear Tests and Weapons”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, in cooperation with DPI, will also be held from September 4-8 in the Main Corridor on the First Floor of the Conference Building of the Headquarters. The paintings of the world renowned Kazakh artist, Mr. Karipbek Kuyukov, who paints only with his feet, being a victim of the effects of nuclear radiation, will be displayed. The inauguration of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 4 September 2013, at 6 p.m.
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, established by General Assembly resolution 64/35, then presented at the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, was first observed in 2010. The date, 29 August, marks the day in 1991 when Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, one of the largest test sites in the world was closed permanently.