International Day against Nuclear Tests Date in the current year: August 29, 2016

International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29 is one of the international UN observances, International Day against Nuclear Tests. This observance was established on December 2, 2009 by the UN General Assembly.

The first tests of nuclear weapon was made by the United States of America at the Trinity site on July 16, 1945. Since then the USA conducted 1,054 tests, the Soviet Union – 715 tests, the UK – 45 tests, France – 210 tests, China – 45 tests. Several underground tests explosions were conducted by India, Pakistan and North Korea. These tests have devastating effects on human life and our planet, that is why certain scientific and political measures are needed to eliminate hazards of the nuclear weapons testings.

International Day against Nuclear Tests was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise public awareness of the threat and danger, that nuclear weapons bring. Observation of this day is one of the means of achieving the goal of world free of nuclear weapons. The resolution, that established this observance, was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan and was supported unanimously by all Member States of the UN. The date of observance was chosen to commemorate the events of August 29, 1991, that marked the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test.

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