Kazakhstan

In the name of the mother: the fight over naming politics in Central Asia

Giving a mother’s or a father’s name to children at birth has become a battleground for activists in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Uprooting naming conventions is no easy task, but activists in Central Asia, especially women and LGBTQI+ people, are defying…

Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War Possibilities and Perspectives for Prevention

Mr. Suleimenov Olzhas, leader of the International Anti-Nuclear Movement “Nevada Semey”, Ms. Raimkulova Aktoty, Minister of culture and sports, Ms.Pikkat Krista, Director of UNESCO cluster office, dignitaries on the dais and dear delegates, it is an honour to participate and…

Kazakhstan, the newest state party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On 29 August, the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Kazakhstan deposited its instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, becoming the 26th signatory state to do so. The Treaty will enter into force at the…

What Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Legacy Means For CTBTO

Viewpoint by Marzhan Nurzhan The CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) holds its second international conference in Kazakh capital city Astana from August 28-30, 2018. The author is a CYG member from Kazakhstan, a convener of Abolition 2000 Youth Network and a…

Kazakhstan Offers Astana As Venue Of Syrian Peace Talks

By J Nastranis NEW YORK- IDN In a major move ahead of joining the UN Security Council as its non-permanent member on January 1, 2017 for two years, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has offered the Kazakh capital of Astana as the…

Kazakhstan claims ‘moral right’ to push for banning nukes

By Ramesh Jaura BERLIN | ASTANA (IDN) – The fact that President Nursultan Nazarbayev shut down the Semipalatinsk test site “against the interests of the Soviet military authorities” even before the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan became “fully independent”, is…

Kazakhstan Leads the Way to a Nuclear-Weapon Free World

By Ramesh Jaura and Katsuhiro Asagiri ASTANA (IDN) – As divisions between States on how to achieve nuclear disarmament grow, countries like Kazakhstan must lead the way to common ground and inclusive dialogue. Such leadership is urgently needed to make…

August 29 reminds of the UN’s unfinished agenda

By Ramesh Jaura for InDepthNews. For the seventh year in succession, the world would commemorate on August 29 the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site…

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

28 August 2015 – For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. “The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban…

Striving for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

Since the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site 20 years ago, Kazakhstan has been committed to put an end to nuclear weapons. Last year, the Nazarbayev Center was created in Astana to pursue this fight. Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Director…

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