A discussion on cooperation between nuclear-weapon-free zones took place in the United Nations Office at Geneva

In commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests in the United Nations Office at Geneva a panel discussion entitled “Cooperation Between Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones to Advance a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” was held on 2 September, 2019. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva together with Basel Peace Office and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

During the event participants observed a minute of silence in honour of the victims of nuclear tests.  It must be noted that since 1945 more then 2000 nuclear tests were conducted in the world, of which over 450 were detonated on the territory of Kazakhstan.

In her statement the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva Zhanar Aitzhanova highlighted the relevance of the initiative of Kazakhstan on the establishment of a permanent mechanism of cooperation between all existing nuclear weapon free zones.

Speaking as a keynote speaker, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva Tatiana Valovaya, noted the special significance and vision of the decision of the First President of Kazakhstan - Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev to shut down the Semipalatinsk Test Site in 1991 and reiterated that «nuclear-weapon-free-zones are a powerful instrument to help enforce the global norms in the field of nuclear-test ban and disarmament».

Representative of Basel Peace Office A.Ware expressed his appreciation for the recent awarding of the Nazarbayev Prize for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World and Global Security by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, to the late Director General of the IAEA, Yukia Amano, and to the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO, Lassina Zerbo, as well as underlined the importance of the ATOM Project in promoting international antinuclear  initiatives.

The representative of the United Nations Institute for disarmament research P.Podvig informed the participants about the main outcomes of the meeting on fostering cooperation and enhancing consultation mechanisms among all existing nuclear weapon free zones that was held in Nur-Sultan on 28-29 August.

Following these statements a vigorous discussion on the challenges and perspectives of nuclear disarmament with participation of Ambassadors and senior diplomats of Mongolia, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Iran, Egypt, Algeria, as well as Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) took place.  

Created at : 3.09.2019, 10:00, Updated at : 3.09.2019, 10:00