August 29, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, was commemorated by events around the world, including in parliaments, at the United Nations and at the World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Kazakhstan.
At this very moment in history, when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th Anniversary of our planet’s hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are ironically once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles. A barrage of conflicting information is broadcast in the various national and nationalistic media with alternative versions of reality that provoke and stoke new enmities and rivalries across national borders.
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August 29 is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. It was established by the United Nations to mark the anniversary of the day in 1991 that Kazakhstan closed down the Soviet nuclear test site on their territory.
The ATOM Project is calling for an international moment of silence on the day in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons testing. The project was launched by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at an international parliamentary conference in Astana organised by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament on August 29, 2012. It aims to build global popular support for a permanent end to nuclear weapons testing and for the abolition of nuclear weapons, including through a global petition.