International Day Against Nuclear Tests comes on August 29 of every year. It brings public awareness and knowledge about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. The primary goal of the day is to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security. The International Day against Nuclear Tests attempts to raise awareness about the harmful effects of nuclear weapons and the need to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. The day also serves to teach people throughout the world about the need to ban nuclear weapon tests to ensure world safety.
“Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.” – Colin Powell
History of International Day Against Nuclear Tests
On December 2, 2009, International Day Against Nuclear Tests was created at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35. August 29 marks the closing of one of the world’s largest nuclear test sites in Kazakhstan on 1991. The day is designed to create public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. It also promotes the need for a nuclear-weapon-free world. The day was first observed on August 29, 2010. The nuclear testing was started on July 16, 1945, when an atomic bomb was used at a desert test site in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the United States. Between the years 1945 and 1996, nearly 2000 nuclear tests were carried out across the world. For numerous years, there have been proposals to ban the nuclear test to secure the protection of people’s lives and the environment around them. The UN adopted a draft resolution in 2009 for the International Day Against Nuclear Tests to increase public awareness about the menaces and dangers of nuclear weapons.
Other Celebrations on August 29
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How to Observe the Day
The best way to observed the day is by raising awareness among the people about the need to prevent nuclear disasters to avoid devastating effects on humankind, the environment, and the planet. Many people use this day as an occasion to share their perspectives on the nuclear weapon issue. Different organizations will host educational and public activities to bring awareness about the use of nuclear weapons and the dangers involved with nuclear weapons testing and usage. You can use the hashtag #InternationalDayAgainstNuclearTests to create awareness on social media.
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