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World's collective security demands to bring Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force: UN Chief Guterres
Across the world, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests was observed on August 29 to draw attention for unified efforts to prevent further nuclear weapons testing. The observation is also meant to reaffirm the commitment to the international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing called Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

On the occasion of the observance, the UN chief Antonio Guterres in his message said, "The history of nuclear testing is one of suffering, with the victims of more than 2,000 nuclear tests often from the most vulnerable communities around of the world. The devastating consequences – which were not confined by international borders - encompassed impacts on the environment, health, food security and economic development."

He urged the world community to adhere to the norm that has been developed against nuclear testing and added, "Nevertheless, the restraint displayed through voluntary moratoria cannot replace a global, legally-binding ban on nuclear-testing. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has an essential role within the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. It fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons. Our collective security demands that every effort should be made to bring this essential treaty into force."

According to the UN, the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today, we need to be all the more cautious.

"The human and environmental tragedies that are the result of nuclear testing are compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests – a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for unified efforts to prevent further nuclear weapons testing," called on the UN.

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