UN Experts: Socio-economic recovery of Chernobyl-affected areas requires regular governmental interventions
The countermeasures and supportive economic development policy should de applied regularly
April 19, 2011 – Kyiv - During the workshop "Life in the Chernobyl-affected Areas: Outlook into the Future" organised by the UN International Chernobyl Research and Information Network» (ICRIN) experts of four UN agencies: the IAEA, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation have informed about the current state of the Chernobyl-affected areas in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
The main targets of UN on Chernobyl include the return to normalcy and sustainable development of affected areas and are defined by the UN Resolution and the UN Action Plan on Chernobyl. The key challenges on the way of return to normalcy for communities are the socio-economic consequences and provision of scientifically sound information on safe living and healthy lifestyle.
Presentations of experts from four UN Agencies have shown that Governments of the three most affected countries have put significant efforts into overcoming the legacy of Chernobyl, nevertheless more work need to be done.
During the seminar, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization have identified a number of measures that should be regularly applied to overcome negative consequences of Chernobyl. The most important of them are:
In the seminar representatives of district and regional authorities, communities, ministries of emergency in three countries: Belarus, Russia and Ukraine participated.
The seminar was organised by the UN project International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN) launched in April 2009, aims to provide scientifically sound information for Chernobyl-affected communities.The initiative translates the latest scientific findings on the consequences of the Chernobyl accident into sound practical advice for residents of the affected territories. This project is the result of a joint effort of IAEA, UNDP, UNICEF and WHO in Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine.
Activities conducted under the ICRIN project include publication of hands-on information materials; training for a range of influential local figures, including teachers, medical professionals, community leaders, and the media outlets; and the creation of Internet centres in rural areas to provide local communities with tools to find the information they need.
Additional information: UNICEF & Chernobyl
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