29 August Observed as International Day Against Nuclear Tests Across the World [ Current Affairs ]

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29th August is being observed as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests annually across the world to aware peoples about “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

Key facts:

  • The reason behind observance of the day for draw attention to prevent nuclear catastrophes for avoiding destroying effects on humanity, environment and on planet.
  • It also draws attention on the critical need for end of nuclear weapons for achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
  • To celebrate this day many symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts kinds of event organized across the world.
  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests was established on 2 December 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) under Kazakhstan’s resolution 64/35 with support of large number of sponsors and cosponsors in the memory of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991.
  • In 2010 the Day was celebrated for the first time.

About Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site

  • The Semipalatinsk Test Site was the primary testing location of Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons at northeast Kazakhstan south, valley of the Irtysh River.
Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site

Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site

Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site

  • During 1949to 1991 total 456 nuclear tests form which 360 was underground and 116 was aboveground was executed by the Soviet Union on this site

- Published on: August 31, 2016