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International Day against Nuclear Tests (29 August)
Embrace a world free of nuclear weapons

Message by H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the 64th session of the General Assembly

Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the General Assembly
H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the General Assembly

The consensus adoption of resolution 64/35 of the General Assembly, establishing the International Day against Nuclear Tests, was a welcome development. I commend the continuing initiative and lead advocacy of Kazakhstan on this important issue.

Currently there is a positive momentum for disarmament, which should also be translated into concrete steps towards the prompt entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The CTBT is a key international legally-binding instrument which, once into force, should become an integral part of the disarmament and non-proliferation regime.

The celebration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests serves as an opportunity for promoting education activities and public awareness about the harmful and long-lasting effects of nuclear tests. Human beings and environment have been severely affected by nuclear test activities over the years in different parts of the world.

It is high time also for the international community to firmly embrace the idea of expanding the nuclear weapons free zones worldwide, including in the Middle East.

In celebrating the International Day together with civil society, academia and the media, Member States should also seize this opportunity to renew their commitment to achieve the ultimate goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world.