Media and blogs around the world reported on the International Day against Nuclear Tests observed on 29 August. In 2009 the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 64/35 submitted by Kazakhstan, marking this date as the International Day against Nuclear Tests to commemorate Kazakhstan’s decision to close down the former Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk on 29 August 1991.
There were articles that focused on the adverse effects of nuclear tests on the communities around Semipalatinsk, bringing to light many tragic personal stories of people whose lives were, and continue to be, irreversibly affected by nuclear testing. A good number of opinion pieces seized the opportunity to remind the public of the ongoing efforts to ban all nuclear tests legally once and for all through the entry into force of the CTBT. Many articles included references to the messages issued on the occasion by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
See a selection of articles, roughly divided by topic, here.