ATOM honorary ambassador honored 2018 Nuclear-Free Future Award

18 July, 2018, 15:15 299
ATOM honorary ambassador honored 2018 Nuclear-Free Future Award

The 2018 Award ceremony will take place on October 24, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria

Kazakhstani artist, ATOM honorary ambassador Karipbek Kuykov declared laureate of the Nuclear-Free Future Award of 2018 in the category Education.  Nuclear-Free Future Award Fund published the decision of the international jury on the website on July 16. The Ceremony scheduled for October 24 will be held in Salzburg, Austria, the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of foreign affairs informs

Among the other laureates are Jeffrey Lee, Australia (category Resistance ) and Linda Walker, United Kingdom (category  Solutions ). Didier and Paulette Anger, France and Peter Weish from Austria are laureates of the Nuclear Free Future Award in the category Lifetime achievement.

According to the artist, the award is a sign of recognition of the work carried out by Kazakhstan to inform the international community about the threats and consequences of nuclear weapons tests.

"This award is the merit of the whole of Kazakhstan, this is an assessment of the huge and hard work of our country, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the initiator of the ATOM project." Our republic demonstrated by its own example how to fight for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and helped other countries of the world, in the matter of deciding for or against a nuclear-free future, " winner of the international award Kuyukov announced.

ATOM is an international campaign by the Nazarbayev Center of Kazakhstan. The primary goal of the campaign is to build international support for the abolishment of nuclear testing. ATOM stands for "Abolish Testing. Our Mission. The goal is to achieve in force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty through online petitions and other methods.

Since the announcement of the project on August 29, 2012, a significant work has been done to promote ATOM project both domestically and abroad, including presentations of the initiative around the world and the organization of exhibitions of paintings by Kuyukov, who himself is a victim of nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk test site. To date, more than 300 000 people from 100 countries have signed an online petition of the ATOM project calling on the world's leaders to ensure the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO).

Karipbek Kayukov was nominated in 2017 for the Nobel Peace Prize for the efforts in the destruction of nuclear weapons.