August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests


Today, Tuesday, August 29, is International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

On December 2nd, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly during its 64th session declared August 29 every year as International Day against Nuclear Tests by it adoption of resolution 64/35.

According to the United Nations, the resolution seeks increased awareness

“about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

The United Nations shades further light on the subject matter of nuclear testing thus –

“Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. Early on, having nuclear weapons was seen as a measure of scientific sophistication or military might, with little consideration given to the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today.”