Two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, people in the region still live with wildly varying reports about what impact the accident will have on their families’ future health and the environment. The IAEA initiated Chernobyl Forum is working to give people in the affected villages greater certainty and levels of assistance.
The Forum — comprising eight United Nations organisations, and Belarus, Russia and Ukraine — issued a comprehensive report in September 2005 that documented the true scale of the 1986 accident, and recommended actions to further assist people in the affected regions.
“The IAEA is committed to the UN Strategy for Recovery, and we agree with the recommendations of the Chernobyl Forum report,” said IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. “In particular, we stand ready to assist with the development of new initiatives that would help local populations regain control over their own livelihoods — through assistance with safe food production techniques, improved primary health care, and encouragement of private sector investment and development.”
See the Chernobyl Forum for more information.