United Nations General Assembly Informal Plenary Meeting

10 September 2015

In its resolution 64/35, the General Assembly established the 29th of August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

Since then, the annual observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests has been devoted “to enhancing public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapons test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means for achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

The recently held 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has highlighted the stark reality of the increasing divisions between the States parties over the future of nuclear disarmament. It is now time to bridge the gap and work with more resolute political will to ensure that the NPT continues to remain the cornerstone of global security.

In order to commemorate the Day, the President of the General Assembly will convene an Informal Plenary Meeting. The event will feature a high-level panel discussion on the theme, “Towards Zero: Resolving the Contradictions”.

The informal meeting, organized in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, will take place on 10 September 2015 from 10:00 to 13:00, in the Trusteeship Council. A complete programme of the event will be circulated in due course.