Since gaining independence, Kazakhstan has been fighting for a nuclear-free world not only on its territory, but also far beyond its borders. Kazakhstan has become a trailblazer in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament initiating great change and setting an example for many countries. On August 29, 1991, President Nursultan Nazarbayev adopted a historic decree closing the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.
One of the important steps made by Kazakhstan in achieving a nuclear-free world is launching an international campaign, the “ATOM (Abolish Testing – Our Mission) Project.” The Project aims to mobilize public opinion against nuclear tests and subsequently completely renounce nuclear weapons worldwide.
President Nazarbayev announced the “ATOM Project” in Astana at the international conference “From nuclear test ban to a world free of nuclear weapons” on August 29, 2012, the UN’s International Day against Nuclear Tests.
Within the framework of the project, anyone in the world, who opposes nuclear weapons, can sign an online petition urging all governments to permanently renounce nuclear testing and achieve an entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project is Karipbek Kuyukov, a victim of nuclear tests carried out on the territory of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. He was born without arms, but expresses his active position through the paintings, which he creates by holding the brush with his mouth or toes.
In April 2015, the ATOM Project together with the international movement “Mayors for Peace” and “Bike for Peace” held an anti-nuclear bike ride in Washington D.C. The initiative “Bike Away the Atomic Bomb” draw public opinion to the problem of nuclear weapons and was supported by the movement “Global Wave 2015.”