ASTANA – The capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, is preparing to host the 62nd Pugwash Conference Aug. 25-29 with the theme “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers,” bringing together representatives from 46 countries.
The opening ceremony of this scientific forum will be attended by Pugwash president Jayantha Dhanapala; UN Deputy Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu; and UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo.
Kazakh Senate President Kasym Zhomart Tokayev will deliver the keynote address.
The Pugwash movement was founded in 1957 in Canada and won the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to promote nuclear disarmament.
The Pugwash conferences seek to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
In addition, Kazakhstan is preparing for the opening of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Low Enriched Uranium Bank on Aug. 29.
This facility aims to provide a fuel reserve to be made available to IAEA member states at market prices, if they are unable to obtain low-enriched uranium for energy generation on the world market.
The opening of the LEU Bank is to coincide with the anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in 1991 by order of current Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and with the United Nations International Day Against Nuclear Tests.
Moreover, a US presidential delegation, led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is scheduled to visit the Kazakh capital on Monday to attend Expo Astana 2017, which has the theme “Future Energy.”