Nuclear tests are a threat to human health and global stability: UN chief

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A young participant makes a “peace” sign at a memorial ceremony for atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki, Japan in 2010. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons continues to be a threat to human health and global stability.

That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed on 29 August.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Secretary-General calls for the strengthening of efforts to end nuclear weapons testing and promote the achievement of a world free from these weapons.

He urges states to uphold the current moratorium on all nuclear test explosions pending the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the CTBT.

Mr. Ban says while existing voluntary moratoriums on nuclear weapon tests are essential, they are no substitutes for a total global ban.

He therefore appeals to all states that have not done so, to sign and ratify the CTBT without delay.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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