The “ATOM” project presentation and Karipbek Kuyukov’s exhibition of works “In Search of Peace” held at the UN headquarter in New York
Sept 05. MFA
On September 4, 2013 the “ATOM” project presentation and Karipbek Kuyukov’s exhibition of works “In Search of Peace” held at the United Nations headquarters in New York held.
On September 4, 2013 within the framework of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Kazakhstan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in cooperation with the UN Public Information Department carried out the presentation of the “ATOM” project and an exhibition of its Honorary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov in New York.
The event was attended by Birganym Aitimova, Senator and the former head of Kazakhstan’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations, Roman Vassilenko, Ambassador-at-Large of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry and Karipbek Kuyukov, famous Kazakhstan’s painter and Honorary Ambassador of the “ATOM” Project, as well as the High Representative for Disarmament, Angela Kane, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, and also well-known international experts in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, representatives of diplomatic missions under UN and international non-governmental organizations.
Opening the event, Birganym Aitimova briefed the participants about Kazakhstan’s contribution to the process of nuclear disarmament in the world, the “ATOM” Project and introduced the guest of Project’s Honor Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov.
The senator emphasized that Karipbek Kuyukov’s physical limitations, who was born without arms, could not break the power of his spirit, and today he is untiringly fighting for an end to nuclear testing worldwide.
This exhibition is a unique not only for its promise that it brings, but also the fact that describes the life of the artist and the idea for which he fights, – Senator Aitimova added.
In addition Angela Kane also noted Karipbek Kuyukov’s willpower, saying that his works of express the triumph of the human spirit.
Karipbek Kuyukov not only overcomes the heavy burden of physical hardship, but his example fascinates the heart and soul of people all over the world, – Angela Kane said.
Praising President Nazarbayev’s decision to close the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in 1991, Angela Kane emphasized that this decision paved the way for negotiations on the CTBT.
In turn, Lassina Zerbo noted that Kazakhstan is an excellent conductor idea of disarmament and non-proliferation around the world.
“With all this we still have a long way to come to a world free of nuclear weapons”, – Lassina Zerbo concluded.
In his speech, Karipbek Kuyukov once again reminded the world about the tragic consequences of nuclear testing, which he survived, and called the global community under the “ATOM” project to act forcefully until its final and irrevocable ban.
Karipbek Kuyukov presented the public his paintings painted by mouth and toes depicting the effects of nuclear testing and, at the same time, love for humanity.
“My new paintings are portraits of people affected by nuclear tests. I want you to look into their eyes and see all the suffering that they have to live with every day. And I see my mission is to convey their pain and suffering to all the people in order that we could become the latest victims of nuclear testing on the ground,” – Karipbek Kuyukov said, causing lengthy applause the audience.
The exhibition did not leave indifferent the participants, who agreed on the high importance of Kazakhstan’s public initiatives in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and the need for its implementation to preserve the stability of the world without nuclear weapons. Furthermore, participants were able to sign an online petition to the “ATOM” Project, urging world governments to put a permanent end to nuclear tests in the world and an important step towards a world without nuclear weapons.
The “ATOM Project, the Honorary Ambassador of which is Karipbek Kuyukov, is an international campaign designed to provide the public information about the risks and consequences of nuclear testing for both the environment and, above all, for a man.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced about its launch on August 29, 2012 at an international conference in Astana.