Message from Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UNESCO, on the occasion of the 2010 International Conference on Semipalatinsk

Astana, Kazakhstan, 26 August 2010

It is an honour for me to send this message on the occasion of the 2010 international conference on Semipalatinsk. In commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Decree that led to the closing of the Polygon, we remember the suffering and loss of life caused by over forty years of nuclear testing, but also honour all those citizens who joined forces to raise global awareness about the danger of nuclear threats through a democratic campaign to make the world free of nuclear weapons.


Statement of the participants of the International Conference,dedicated to the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

August 26, 2010

The international conference  “Semipalatinsk – from recovery to development”, dedicated to the International Day against Nuclear Tests was organized on 26 August 2010 in Astana at the initiative of the Government of Kazakhstan, together with the United Nations organization, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The UN General Assembly in 2009 has declared this day as per its resolution (A/RES/64/35) as the day of public awareness on nuclear tests consequences or any other nuclear explosions and the importance of stopping nuclear testing as a means to building a world free of nuclear weapons.


Global World and Nuclear Security

By Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan

In one month, the anniversary of the end of World War II will be marked. There are millions in the world who took part in the fighting in the middle of last century. The difference between history and modernity, though, is that, as Walter Mondale wittily said, “there would be no veterans of World War III.”


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