On October 1, at 16.30 in the Library of Elbassy (Nazarbayev Center, Bokeikhan street, 1) will be held the opening ceremony of the international traveling exhibition "Everything you value - for a world free of nuclear weapons."
The exhibition is organized by the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy, the Japanese organization Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Japan.
The exhibition is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the last explosion at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site (October 19, 1989), the 10th anniversary of the Law on ratification of the "Treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia" (January 5, 2009), as well as the significant event, held on August 29 this year - Kazakhstan became the 26th state to ratify the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, - and also is a continuation of the international project of the Elbassy Library dedicated to the topic of global security. The first part of the project was implemented on September 19 this year in Tokyo, where the exhibition of the Elbassy Library "Kazakhstan-Japan: the path to a nuclear-free world" and the similarly-named conference took place.
The exhibition "Everything you value – For a world free of nuclear weapons" was created to present an updated view of the problem of nuclear weapons from different perspectives in order to expand the circle of people interested in the destruction of nuclear weapons. This exhibition was first shown in August 2012 at the international conference of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Hiroshima. It was then demonstrated at the UN European headquarters in Geneva, at the Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Mexico, as well as at the University of Chicago and many other institutions of higher education around the world.
For the first time, materials of the exhibition will be presented in Central Asia in the Russian version. The exhibition consists of three thematic areas:
the section "What do we value?" by presenting historical evidence of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, demonstrates that the threat of nuclear weapons continues to this day.
In the second section "Learn more about the problem of nuclear weapons", the problem of nuclear weapons is considered from different perspectives, including humanitarian, environmental, economic, human rights, moral and ethical, gender, etc. It also provides information on what efforts are being made to address the various challenges in these areas.
The third part of the exhibition, entitled "The future we want – We change our world view", presents past achievements in the field of disarmament, such as the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, the anti-personnel mine ban Treaty and the Convention on cluster munitions. This section shows that solidarity and cooperation will make it possible to achieve even the most difficult goals.
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is an organization that works internationally to promote peace, culture, and education. It brings together 93 organizations and 12 million people in 192 countries and regions of the world. Since 1957, the Association has issued a Declaration on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, considering their use a crime against humanity. SGI headquarters is located in Japan (Tokyo). In particular, as a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, it is known for its educational activities on peace and disarmament around the world.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a public organization established in 2007 on the basis of the international conference "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War" (IPPNW). At present, about 500 organizations from more than 100 countries are acting as partners supporting its activities on a voluntary basis. In December 2017, it received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its contribution to the implementation of the "Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons" adopted by the UN in July 2017.
Exhibition "All you value - For a world free of nuclear weapons" will last until October 13, 2019.