Posts Tagged ‘ Chornobyl ’

UWC President Addresses UN Chornobyl Conference

Apr 29th, 2011 | By

The UWC President also recognized the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian diaspora to assist the disaster victims, primarily by providing for their ongoing medical treatment through the supply of medicines and equipment, and by keeping the international community informed of the situation at Chornobyl. In particular, he highlighted the efforts and resources of such well-known charitable organizations as the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund in the U.S. and the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund.

He also acknowledged the positive results of the April 2011 Chornobyl Pledging Conference held in Kyiv, where participating nations and organizations pledged some 550 million Euros for the construction of a long-term shelter to cover the fourth nuclear reactor and a waste storage facility for the plant’s three other decommissioned reactors.

Chornobyl: A Global Issue

Apr 29th, 2011 | By

Chornobyl became a global issue from day one, even though the Soviet  authorities issued a short statement about the accident only two days later, after radiation levels set off alarms at a nuclear power plant in Sweden. Even then, the Kremlin in Moscow did not give any details concerning this disaster and attempted to conceal its magnitude, which created general apprehension and uncertainty in the world.

Chornobyl’s destructive power, which swiftly transcended European borders, made the international community realize that immediate access to honest, accurate and consistent information is a global right, and its timely dissemination – an obligation to which nations are now held responsible in the all-important arena of public opinion. During his visit of the Chornobyl site six days ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki‑moon pushed for new international standards that would hold countries accountable for nuclear safety and stressed the need for “full transparency.”

UWC Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By

Ukraine inherited from the totalitarian communist regime the grim and lasting legacy of this nuclear catastrophe, whose destructive power transcended all borders. The efforts to deal with the aftermath of Chornobyl and the far‑reaching effects of the disaster exceed the abilities of any one country and call for the cooperation of the entire international community. Therefore, the Ukrainian World Congress calls on the international community to join together to address the consequences of the Chornobyl catastrophe.

Chernobyl Panel and Film Festival

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By
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“Aspects of Chornobyl” Friday, April 29, 2011

Dr. Chrystyna Durbak – Founder, World Information Transfer, Inc.

Alexa J. Milanytch – Country Director, Children of Chernobyl Relief and Development Fund
Mary Mycio – author of Wormwood Forest
Michael Foster Rothbart – Freelance photographer and Fullbright Fellow