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The Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM (Abolish Testing. Our Mission) Project and renowned artist Karipbek Kuyukov will visit the UK in early September, speaking at events in several UK cities, as well as exhibiting his artwork. During his time in the UK, Mr. Kuyukov will display his paintings in the UK Parliament building and meet with officials in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
In 2009, the UN General Assembly unanimously accepted a resolution put forward by Kazakhstan proclaiming 29 August, the day when in 1991 Kazakhstan closed the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, as the ‘International Day against Nuclear Tests’.
Today, 29 August is observed around the world with events such as conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, lectures and other initiatives.
In 1994, Kazakhstan led the global initiative to rid the world of nuclear weapons, renouncing the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal. Kazakhstan has continued to play a leading role in building a nuclear-weapons-free world, including establishing the Central Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (CANWFZ) in 2009 and hosting the “Building a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World” conference in Nur-Sultan in August 2016.
On 3 July 2019, Kazakhstan made another step towards a nuclear-weapon-free world by ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
Karipbek Kuyukov, a Kazakh artist and global advocate for the cessation of nuclear weapons testing and worldwide nuclear disarmament will visit the UK between 8 and 17 September, travelling to several cities across the UK to discuss the impacts and dangers of nuclear weapons.
Mr. Kuyukov is a renowned artist and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project born without arms as a result of his parents’ exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing. He has devoted his life and art to making sure that no one else suffers the devastating effects of nuclear weapons testing.
On 9 September, he will meet with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK, His Excellency Erlan Idrissov, and display his paintings at an exhibition in the UK Parliament, before speaking at a reception there in the evening. He will also exhibit his work at an event marking Kazakhstan's ratification of the TPNW, which is co-hosted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Kazakh Embassy, and speak alongside General Secretary Kate Hudson, and Patron and poet Antony Owen.
Mr. Kuyukov will visit Edinburgh on 12 September, speaking and exhibiting his paintings at the Scottish Parliament, and meeting with the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education in Scotland, John Swinney MSP.
Mr. Kuyukov will also exhibit his paintings in Manchester, where he will meet with the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, and speak at a seminar hosted by Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) and UK & Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leader for Peace Chapter. The theme of the seminar will be "Humanitarian impacts, costs and dangers of nuclear weapons in the campaign for peace".