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AUGUST 29 – INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS

Today the world is celebrating the International Day against Nuclear Tests. This date was approved by the UN General Assembly resolution on December 2, 2009. For the first time the draft of resolution was proposed by Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan continues the policy of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. On August 29, 1991 by the decree of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Semipalatinsk test polygon was officially closed. This event served as the beginning of the process of rejecting from one of the world’s largest arsenals of nuclear weapons.

Soon after the proclamation of Kazakhstan as an independent state, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree on closing the polygon. About 1.3 million people were officially recognized as the victims of the polygon tests. The International Day against Nuclear Tests is called to educate and inform people about the consequences of the test explosions of nuclear weapons and any other nuclear explosions and the need to stop them.