BUILDING OF A NUCLEAR SAFE WORLD: THE KAZAKHSTAN WAY
The The threat of nuclear insecurity keeps the world on the
edge of catastrophe. Waging peace takes courage, vision and an unwavering
commitment to nuclear responsibility. Twenty years ago upon its Independence,
Kazakhstan, under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, renounced
their nuclear weapons arsenal, the world's fourth largest. Semipalantinsk – the
second largest nuclear weapons testing site in the world and a place of untold
human tragedy – was shut down. Kazakhstan's leadership has proven they have the
courage, shown they have the vision, and lived through their actions, their
steadfast commitment to developing a nuclear safe world.
The story of Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament and contribution to non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction began in 1991 when President Nursultan Nazarbayev made the far-sighted decision to shut down the world’s second largest nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk.