INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS: AUGUST 29, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests is annually observed on August 29. The day raises awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons and a closer approach to eliminating the use of those weapons.

Local names

Name Language
International Day against Nuclear Tests English
Día Internacional contra las Pruebas Nucleares Spanish
היום בינלאומי נגד ניסויים גרעיניים Hebrew
باليوم الدولي لمناهضة التجارب النووية Arabic
국제 일 핵 실험에 대한 Korean
Internationaler Tag gegen Nuklearversuche German

International Day against Nuclear Tests 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

International Day against Nuclear Tests 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests brings 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.

International Day against Nuclear Tests

International Day Against Nuclear Tests aims to educate and bring awareness about the effects of nuclear testing.

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What do People Do?

The International Day against Nuclear Tests aims to raise people’s awareness on the need to prevent nuclear catastrophes to avert devastating effects on humankind, the environment and the planet. Many people use the day as an opportunity to share their perspective on the issue of nuclear weapons and testing.  Different organizations may host educational and public activities to bring awareness of the use of nuclear weapons and the dangers involved with nuclear weapons testing and usage.

Public Life

The International Day against Nuclear Tests is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.

Background

The history of nuclear testing began on July 16, 1945, when an atomic bomb was used at a desert test site in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the United States. More than 2000 nuclear tests were carried out worldwide between 1945 and 1996. Nuclear weapons tests are generally broken into different categories reflecting the test’s medium or location:

  • Atmospheric tests.
  • Underwater tests.
  • Underground tests.

Over the years, there have been calls to ban nuclear test to ensure the protection of people’s lives and the environment around them. The UN approved a draft resolution in late 2009 for an international day against nuclear tests to raise public awareness about the threats and dangers of nuclear weapons.  It was also hoped that UN’s member states would move towards the idea of nuclear disarmament.

The International Day against Nuclear Tests was declared to be annually held on August 29, which marks the closing of one of the world’s largest nuclear test sites (in Kazakhstan) in 1991. The day is devoted to enhancing public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. It also promotes the need for a nuclear weapon-free world. The day’s first official observance was marked for August 29, 2010.

International Day against Nuclear Tests Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sun Aug 29 2010 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Mon Aug 29 2011 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Wed Aug 29 2012 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Thu Aug 29 2013 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Fri Aug 29 2014 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Sat Aug 29 2015 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Mon Aug 29 2016 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Tue Aug 29 2017 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Wed Aug 29 2018 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Thu Aug 29 2019 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Sat Aug 29 2020 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance

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