ATOM PROJECT LAUNCHES IN SUPPORT OF THE UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR
Astana, August 27: The Atom Project launches in advance of
the UN-sanctioned International Day Against Nuclear Tests and the international
conference “From a Nuclear Test Ban to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World” to be held
in Astana & Semey, Kazakhstan, August 27-30, 2012. Conference participants
include parliamentarians and leaders from scores of countries and activists
from the non-proliferation movement all over the world.
The Atom Project is an international
petition campaign designed to unify global public opinion against nuclear
weapons testing. The Atom Project went live August 22, 2012 with international
television and social media campaigns, a short documentary and video profiles
of current survivors of nuclear testing.
The Project is an initiative of The
Nazarbayev Center, whose mandate, in part, is to continue and broaden
Kazakhstan’s legacy of fighting for a world free of nuclear weapons and weapons
testing. The Atom Project hopes to affect real and lasting change by engaging
millions of global citizens to stop nuclear weapons testing by joining together
to show the world’s leaders that its citizens deserve and demand a world safe
from additional nuclear weapons testing.
The Atom Project will tell the tragic
and hopeful stories of survivors of nuclear testing from the region of Semey,
Kazakhstan, the site of more than 450 Soviet-era nuclear tests. The survivors
and their children continue to suffer from illness, disease and severe
deformities caused by exposure to nuclear radiation during and after the
testing, which took place 100 miles outside of the city, then called
The images of the survivors, though
sometimes difficult to witness, are featured in the campaign in order to raise
awareness surrounding the damage nuclear testing can cause.