PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN ASTANA
Astana, August 29: President of Kazakhstan Nursultan
Nazarbayev suggested creating a global antinuclear parliamentary assembly, when
speaking at the international conference “From a Nuclear Test Ban to a Nuclear
Weapons-Free World” in Astana.
from all countries of the world are present at the conference today. That is
why this forum can be called a prototype of the global antinuclear
parliamentary assembly. I suggest considering the establishment of such an
institute”, President Nazarbayev said.
President urged to focus on building a nuclear-weapon free world and mentioned
Kazakhstan’s latest initiative. "We have an opportunity to remind the
world once again of tragic events caused by nuclear tests to prompt global
community to more decisive actions on complete and unalterable prohibition. To
this end Kazakhstan has launched The Atom Project, which stands for ‘Abolish
Tests. Our Mission’,” said the President. The Atom Project is an international
petition campaign designed to unify global public opinion against nuclear
200 foreign visitors from more than 75 countries and more than 20 international
organizations, including the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) participated in the conference.
International Forum for a Nuclear Weapons Free World was timed to mark the 21st
Anniversary of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site's closure and the country’s
continuing efforts towards the elimination of all nuclear threat. Shutting down
Semipalatinsk’s nuclear test range gave a start to a new stage of the global
process of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Kazakhstan was also one
of the first to sign The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test- Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened
for signature 16 years ago. 180 countries have already joined the treaty, 157
states ratified it. All the member states of the Nuclear Club observe
moratorium on nuclear testing.
principle objective was to create momentum for the global nuclear disarmament
movement, and to mark the United Nations’ (UN) International Day against
Nuclear Tests which aims to raise public awareness on the effects of global
nuclear weapons tests and highlight the importance of banning such tests as a
step towards achieving a safer world.
represented by Hiroyuki Moriyama, member of the National Diet of Japan.
Participants of the conference made
the appeal to parliaments and governments around the world.