29 August 2013: International Day against Nuclear Tests
The International Day, held annually on 29 August, highlights the efforts of the UN and a growing community of advocates in raising awareness of the importance of the nuclear test ban. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called thus on all States that have not yet signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so in order to achieve the goal of a safer and more secure world.
The International Day is being marked around the world with events to call attention to the dangers of nuclear test explosions, the threats posed to humans and the environment, and the need to eliminate all nuclear weapons and their testing. It is therefore particularly important to inform young people on the matter, and to ensure that humanity learned from history of the Atomic Bomb so that we won’t make the same mistake again.