UN International Day 29 August

UN International Day 29 August against Nuclear Tests
The United Nations (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests convey public awareness and education about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security.

Message of Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General)

"On this International Day against Nuclear Tests I call on the world to summon a sense of solidarity commensurate with the urgent need to end the dangerous impasse on this issue".

The first nuclear test

The first Soviet nuclear test was conducted on 29 August 1949, four years after the first U.S. nuclear test. The United Nations General Assembly generally declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests, In December 2009. This day was proposed by Kazakhstan.Over 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted since the very first nuclear explosion.

Levels of radiocarbon in the environment

The International Day against Nuclear Tests aims to prevent more of the "destructive and harmful effects on the lives and health of people and the environment" caused by nuclear testing.The largest tests, the 1954 Castle Bravo test and the 1961Tsar Bomba had an explosive power of around 1,000 and 4,000 Hiroshima bombs,respectively.


The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is the international instrument to end all nuclear testing in a verifiable way. Currently  183 States have signed the Treaty and 162 have ratified it.

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