2018 CTBTO-GEM Youth International Conference in Kazakhstan

On 28 August 2018, members of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) and the CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) gathered in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana for a five-day conference aimed at reflecting on the role of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in building global peace and finding ways to strengthen it in the future, specifically through raising the profile of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The CTBTO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted the event under the theme “Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future”. The conference was convened around the International Day against Nuclear Tests on 29 August, which was proposed by Kazakhstan and designated by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 64/35 (2009).

This video by IDN-INPS Multimedia Director Katsuhiro Asagiri captures the highlights of the conference including a trip to Kurchatova town in East Kazakhstan Region, once the center of operations for the adjoining Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.

Calls for Making Global Nuclear Test Ban Legally Binding by Ramesh Jaura

Test-Ban Treaty Will Produce Tangible Benefits for Humankind by Lassina Zerbo

Kudos for Kazakhstan’s ‘Leading Role’ as UN General Assembly Campaigns for Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

My Life Will Never be the Same Again by Ilya Kursenko

Watch Videos:

“Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future” – 2018 CTBTO GEM-Youth International Conference, 28 August to 2 September 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan and visit to the former Nuclear Test site

Interview with CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo

Interview with Sérgio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Interview with Christine Muttonen, former President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Interview with Karipbek Kuyukov, Honorary Ambassador for The ATOM Project

Interview with Nobuyasu Abe, former UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament

Interview with llya Kursenko, a Russian member of the CTBTO Youth Group

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