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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

EEU and multi-vector policy were key in 2014, says Foreign Minister 0

Posted on January 17, 2015 by KazCham

The Astana Times

At a press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov summarized the country’s foreign policy achievements for 2014 while stressing the importance of a multi-vector foreign policy.

Idrissov noted that President Nazarbayev made 8 foreign visits and received 16 heads of state, while Kazakhstan’s senior most officials  participated in over 59 events at the highest level and 70 bilateral visits.

The country adopted a new Concept of Foreign Policy until 2020 as per President Nazarbayev’s Jan. 29 decree, wherein the EEU was given top priority.

Kazakhstan also successfully negotiated an expanded Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the EU, and furthered in its path to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Ukraine featured strongly as a major political concern in Kazakhstan, and Astana continually expressed its support for a peaceful de-escalation of the armed conflict and mutual cooperation between countries as per internationally recognized agreements.

Kazakhstan has also been making a strong case for its candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, by focusing on basic necessities like energy, food, water security, as well as non-proliferation.

President Nazarbayev focused intensely on regional security in 2014. At the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on May 21 in Shanghai, President Nazarbayev introduced an initiative to transform CICA into an Organisation for Security and Development in Asia. He also led Kazakhstan’s joining of ASEM at the 10th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) summit in Milan.

Nazarbayev held talks with President Barack Obama during the Nuclear Security Summit and emphasized strong relations with the U.S. Kazakhstan maintained strong relations with Russia, with Nazarbayev and Putin holding 10 meetings in 2014. Nazarbayev also made a state visit to China in May, where he signed 16 agreements for furthering bilateral cooperation.

Kazakhstan worked towards harmony in Central Asia by extending humanitarian and economic aid to Afghanistan for rebuilding efforts.

Idrissov also noted that “special attention was paid to attracting further foreign direct investment, promoting Kazakhstan’s export to foreign markets, developing transit-transport cooperation and elaborating on projects in the energy sector, as well as implementing preparations for EXPO 2017.”

A visa-free regime with 10 countries, the creation of Kazakhstan’s own regional aid agency KazAID, and the new Nurly Zhol economic policy were all remarkable achievements of 2014 as well, according to Idrissov.

 

 



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