Ukraine’s activities in the United Nations on the Chernobyl catastrophe

30 years of unique international experience: Ukraine`s contribution in strengthening and development of global humanitarian and safety agenda

Yesterday

Since 1990 — UN General Assembly has adopted the resolution “Strengthening of international cooperation and coordination of efforts to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster” (since 1993 р. — on a biennial basis, since 2007— on a triennial basis).

1991- formation of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl (coordinates operational activities on Chornobyl in the field).

Since 1991 — operation of the Chernobyl Trust Fund (ensured financial support for program implementation).

Since 1992 — introducing public diplomacy in order to raise the UN Member States and international community awareness on Chernobyl (World Information Transfer platform).

1993 — formation of the Committee on International Cooperation on Chernobyl (comprises United Nations Coordinator of International Cooperation on Chernobyl, Ministers of Emergency Situations of Ukraine, Belarus, the Russian Federation)

December 2000–55th Session of the General Assembly adopts resolution “Closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant”

2002 — presentation of report “’The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident” (marked the adoption of a new strategy for the recovery of territories affected by the Chernobyl disaster).

February 2002 — start of the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme (2002–2010) based on the recommendation of the report “The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident. A strategy for Recovery” initiated by UN agencies.

2008 — adoption of the UN Action Plan on Chernobyl until 2016.

Today

13 December 2013–68th Session of the General Assembly agrees on retaining Ukraine-initiated Resolution on Chernobyl on the GA Agenda till 2016.

Spring 2013 — UNDP presents report of the Secretary General “Optimizing the International Effort to Study, Mitigate and Minimize the Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster”.

May 2014, 2015 (Minsk), October 2015 (Vienna) — the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl conducts international consultations on the ways to include Chernobyl related experience in 2030 UN development agenda.

Tomorrow

Ukraine serves as a coordinator of the negotiation group for the forthcoming resolution on Chernobyl in 2016.

21–23 April 2016 (Kyiv) — International Forum “Chernobyl’s Legacy for the Nuclear Safety of the World” (supported by Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, State Agency for the Management of the Exclusion Zone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

26 April 2016 — commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster by the United Nations General Assembly.

November 2016 — drafting the new resolution on inclusion of Chernobyl related experience in 2030 UN development agenda.