On 28 August 2018, members of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) and the CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) will gather in Astana for a conference aimed at reflecting on the role of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in the past and the ways of promoting it in the future, notably through the entry into force of the CTBT.
The CTBTO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan are hosting the event, which is held under the theme “Remembering the past, looking to the future.” It will take place around 29 August, the International Day against Nuclear Tests, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 64/35 (2009), which was proposed by Kazakhstan.
The Astana Conference offers an engaging platform for interaction between members of the GEM and CYG. Comprised of discussion panels involving GEM and CYG members, as well as government representatives, students from Kazakhstani universities and academia, the conference will be opened by CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Chairman of the Senate. Conceived as an “intergenerational dialogue”, the five-day event will sustain momentum for the universalization and entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and examine the Treaty’s position within the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture.
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Participation in the Conference is by invitation only.
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Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Semipalatinsk former nuclear test site, as well as to meet the experts of the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan and visit the laboratories of the Institute of Radiation Security and Ecology.