In a bid to achieve a safer world, the UN has designated 29th August
each year as the day to galvanise people around the globe into advocating the banning of nuclear tests. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in 2010 that “A world free of nuclear weapons would be global public good of the highest order.” In the five decades between 1945 and 1996, over 2,000 nuclear tests were carried out all over the world. The International Day of Action Against Nuclear Tests aims to raise public awareness about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. Nuclear weapons tests have caused environmental degradation and harmed the health of millions.

The UN’s International Day Against Nuclear Tests web pages provide lots of background information on the history of nuclear tests, and the various treaties and actions that have been taken to reduce nuclear weapons and ban testing. This includes video clips and other multimedia resources.

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