Marking 20 years since the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 24 September 2016, artists from China have shared their voices and visions on nuclear weapons and nuclear testing to raise awareness on the importance of a global test-ban. For this occasion UNPA is issuing a special event sheet of ten stamps in the denomination of € 0,80.
The 20th anniversary commemorative sheet features art by leading Chinese artists, in conjunction with the Chinese Artists’ Association. Two of the stamps (right column, top and bottom rows) are by Li Xiaoyu, a rising star in the Chinese art scene. Two more (left column, bottom, and right column 2nd from top) by Wangwei, feature images from a large mural “Peaceful Dreams” which depicts the history of nuclear testing and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The background image is taken from “A Landscape of Lakes and Mountains” by Zhang Song. The other artists featured are Ge Hongqian (right column, 2nd from bottom), Shu Jun (left column, 2nd from top, and right column centre), Zhan Renzou (left column, top), Zhou Hanfang (left column, 2nd from bottom), and Zhao Yushen (left column, centre).
The CTBT bans all bans all nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere and for all times. Over 2000 nuclear tests were carried out between 1945 and 1996. Since then, only a handful of tests have been carried out and only four in the 21st century.
The CTBT is almost universal but has yet to become law. It will enter into force once signed and ratified by the remaining eight nuclear technology holder countries. The 20th anniversary of the Treaty serves as a reminder that the Treaty is effective in all but stopping nuclear testing, but is still not in force and remains unfinished business.
For more information, visit www.ctbto.org.