International Day Against Nuclear Tests 2017 observed globally

Aug 29, 2017 17:00 IST

29 August: International Day Against Nuclear Tests

The International Day Against Nuclear Tests was observed across the world on 29 August 2017 with an aim to promote peace and security world-wide.

The Day is observed through the coordination of various activities all over the world such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others.

The Day was first celebrated in 2010.

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Background
The United Nations General Assembly on 2 December 2009 declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests through its resolution 64/35.

Later, the United Nations established that the main mechanism for eradicating nuclear weapons testing is the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996.

At present, 183 countries have signed the treaty and 166 have ratified it.

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