The More than New York 40 NGO’s thanked Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 for its relentless efforts towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, ensuring that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into force and the legal ban of nuclear weapons.
1949 marked the beginning of the most tragic times in the history of Kazakhstan. More than 1 million people suffered in the territory of 300,000 square kilometres, which is equal to the territory of Italy.
In 1991, on 29 August, H.E. Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first President of Kazakhstan, Leader of the Nation, made a historic decision, closing by decree the world’s second largest Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.
Other countries followed Kazakhstan’s progressive lead and eventually ceased the conduct of nuclear tests globally, and paved the way for the adoption of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.
Because of the enormous efforts exerted by Kazakhstan’s first President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan has rapidly gone from being a possessor of the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world to being widely recognized as the leading country in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.