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The obligation to remediate affected territory

Environmental contamination from the testing of nuclear weapons is a particularly under-addressed humanitarian challenge. In most cases, the necessary assessment has not been conducted of whether contamination remains that requires environmental remediation. Affected populations often do not even have access to knowledge about the level of threat, how to protect themselves, which areas not to enter, and which food types to avoid.

It has been more than 30 years since the last Soviet nuclear test shook the Semipalatinsk Polygon  in Kazakhstan. The victims, now in their fourth generation, continue to pay the price for the Soviet nuclear programme. The picture shows an  educational trip to the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site organized by the Center for International Security and Policy (CISP) for young diplomats and interns.
It has been more than 30 years since the last Soviet nuclear test shook the Semipalatinsk Polygon in Kazakhstan. The victims, now in their fourth generation, continue to pay the price for the Soviet nuclear programme. The picture shows an educational trip to the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site organized by the Center for International Security and Policy (CISP) for young diplomats and interns. Photo: Oleg Butenko
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Implementing environmental remediation