Understanding the Nuclear Legacy - Nuclear Tests and its Continued Effects

Did you know that for every two men who develop cancer through exposure to ionizing radiation, three women will get the disease? 

Did you know that nuclear weapons have been tested more than 2200 times?

Did you know that Kazakh land was designated a nuclear test site by Soviet leaders? 

The results of the nuclear use and testing are devastating and long lasting, with thousands of lives affected and large areas contaminated. For many, in particular Indigenous Peoples, their way of life has been changed forever. Until this day, no adequate reparations have been made. Affected people and their lands have been victims of great power privilege for too long.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a valuable tool to change this. With its unique provisions on victim assistance, environmental remediation and international cooperation, the TPNW seeks nuclear justice. Affected communities need to be recognized as a global concern prompting global response. 

In this session you will learn about how nuclear tests impact communities all over the world, where the tests have been conducted and how the TPNW is a tool for nuclear justice.



Alicia Sanders-Zakre


Alicia Sanders-Zakre is the Policy and Research Coordinator at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.



Mary Olson


Mary Olson founded and leads the Gender and Radiation Impact Project to encourage further research into why biological sex is a factor in radiation harm.



Alimzhan Akhmetov


Alimzhan Akhmetov is the founding director of the non-governmental organization Center for International Security and Policy.



Saima Akhtar


Saima Akhtar previous chair woman IPNNW Norway.