International Day Against Nuclear Tests Date in the current year: August 29, 2024

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

The first nuclear weapon test was conducted by the United States of America at the Trinity site on July 16, 1945. Since then, the USA has conducted 1,054 tests, the Soviet Union 715 tests, the UK 45 tests, France 210 tests, China 45 tests. Several underground tests explosions have been 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 the hazards of nuclear weapon tests.

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 pose. Observing this day is one of the means of achieving the goal of the 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 the observance was chosen to commemorate the events of August 29, 1991, that marked the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.

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