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The ATOM Project Online Petition Surpasses 200,000 Signatures 0

Posted on September 01, 2015 by KazCham

The ATOM Project

The online petition of The ATOM Project, a global initiative to permanently end nuclear weapons testing and eliminate nuclear arsenals, has just surpassed 200,000 signatures one week ahead of the Aug. 29 United Nations International Day Against Nuclear Testing.

As of Aug. 26, 206,186 people from more than 100 countries had signed the petition offered in 11 languages, saying “I want to let the world’s leaders know that I demand a nuclear-weapons-free world.”

The ATOM Project is an international campaign designed to do more than create awareness surrounding the human and environmental devastation caused by nuclear weapons testing. The ATOM Project hopes to affect real and lasting change by engaging millions of global citizens to permanently stop nuclear weapons testing by joining together to show the world’s leaders that the world’s citizens deserve and demand a world without nuclear weapons testing. By signing The ATOM Project petition and joining the dialogue, we can stop nuclear weapons testing forever.

The ATOM Project has become a global phenomenon but was started by the government of Kazakhstan and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan was the victim of more than 400 nuclear weapons tests conducted over decades by the Soviet Union at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site near what is now the residential village of Semey. Those exposed to the tests have suffered horrific illness, disability and early death. Children born in Kazakhstan today of grandparents exposed to those tests continue to suffer debilitating birth defects. Kazakhstan knows the horrors of nuclear testing and, through The ATOM Project, has become world leader in the effort to ensure no such tests are ever again conducted.

Artist and international anti-nuclear weapons activist Karipbek Kuyukov is the Honorary Ambassador of The ATOM Project. Kuyukov was among those who parents were exposed to the testing at the Semipalatinsk test site. As a result, Kuyukov was born without arms. But he has overcome that obstacle to become a renowned painter who has dedicated his life and art to ending nuclear weapons testing and bringing dignity to testing victims.

Kuyukov and the project’s online petition seek to push nuclear nation leaders to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The CTBT would ultimately ban all civil or military nuclear explosions in all environments and was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996. Despite being signed by 183 states and ratified by 164, the treaty remains in limbo, awaiting the signature and ratification of eight specific countries: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the U.S.

More than 200,000 people have now signed the petition at www.theatomproject.org/100K/ and The ATOM Project is eager to see how high the number can go in unifying the world against nuclear weapons.

This week also brings the Aug. 29 UN the UN International Day against Nuclear Tests. Also at the initiative of Kazakhstan, the UN has adopted Aug. 29 annually as the UN International Day against Nuclear Tests. The ATOM Project is calling for an international moment of silence at 11:05 a.m. local time around the world on Aug. 29 in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons testing.

For more information contact: info@theatomproject.org


Posted on April 12, 2015 by KazCham


Monday, April 20, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm

(Reception at 5 pm followed by the Main Program at 5:30 pm)

The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are proud to announce the “Bike Away the Atomic Bomb”, a community bike ride event in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the horrors and dangers of nuclear weapons and testing.

“Bike Away the Atomic Bomb” is organized by “The ATOM Project”, “Mayors for Peace” and “Bike for Peace”. These organizations share a common goal – reduce (preferably eliminate) the greatest threat to mankind: nuclear weapons.  “Bike Away the Atomic Bomb” aims to bring attention to the nonproliferation issues by cycling trough US cities starting from Washington, DC to the Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN Headquarters, New York.

The “Bike Away the Atomic Bomb” project is a continuation of last year’s bike ride by “Mayors for Peace” which peddled the world in 72 days metting with civic leaders and activists from different countries, as well as Pope Francis and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The D.C. ride includes Honorary Ambassador of The ATOM Project and recognized armless painter Mr. Karipbek Kuyukov, Mr. Thore Vestby, Mayor of Frogn, Norway, Mr. Svein Arne Jorstad, Mayor of Kvinesdal, Norway, Famous Kazakh skier and 1994 Winter Olympics Champion Vladimir Smirnov, and Vice President of “Mayors for Peace”.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ambassador Kairat Umarov.

The event will be moderated by Armen Sahakyan, SAIS Vice President of Russia and Eurasia Club.

Please register here.


Posted on August 27, 2012 by KazCham

No 91 August 27, 2012


Contact: Ms. Nadezhda Khamitova

Office phone number: +77172572340

Mobile: +77016129936

Email: nadezhda.khamitova@gmail.com


Astana, Kazakhstan

August 27, 2012

The Atom Project launches in advance of the UN-sanctioned International Day Against Nuclear Tests and the international conference “From a Nuclear Test Ban to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World” to be held in Astana & Semey, Kazakhstan, August 27-30, 2012. Conference participants include parliamentarians and leaders from scores of countries and activists from the non-proliferation movement all over the world.

The Atom Project is an international petition campaign designed to unify global public opinion against nuclear weapons testing. The Atom Project went live August 22, 2012 with international television and social media campaigns, a short documentary and video profiles of current survivors of nuclear testing.

The Project is an initiative of The Nazarbayev Center, whose mandate, in part, is to continue and broaden Kazakhstan’s legacy of fighting for a world free of nuclear weapons and weapons testing. The Atom Project hopes to affect real and lasting change by engaging millions of global citizens to stop nuclear weapons testing by joining together to show the world’s leaders that its citizens deserve and demand a world safe from additional nuclear weapons testing.

The Atom Project will tell the tragic and hopeful stories of survivors of nuclear testing from the region of Semey, Kazakhstan, the site of more than 450 Soviet-era nuclear tests. The survivors and their children continue to suffer from illness, disease and severe deformities caused by exposure to nuclear radiation during and after the testing, which took place 100 miles outside of the city, then called Semipalatinsk.

The images of the survivors, though sometimes difficult to witness, are featured in the campaign in order to raise awareness surrounding the damage nuclear testing can cause.

The Atom Project is an initiative of The Nazarbayev Center (TheATOMProject.orgNuclearSafeWorld.org), whose mission includes the promotion of nuclear responsibility, nuclear disarmament, and nuclear nonproliferation according to the vision of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. For more information contact Info@NazarbayevCenter.org


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