United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 20 (c)


          [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.26/Rev.1 and

            50/134.  Strengthening of international
                     cooperation and coordination of efforts
                     to study, mitigate and minimize the
                     consequences of the Chernobyl disaster

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its resolutions 45/190 of 21 December 1990, 46/150 of
18 December 1991, 47/165 of 18 December 1992 and 48/206 of 21 December 1993,

      Recalling Economic and Social Council resolutions 1990/50 of
13 July 1990, 1991/51 of 26 July 1991 and 1992/38 of 30 July 1992 and
Council decision 1993/232 of 22 July 1993,

      Taking note of the decisions adopted by the organs, organizations
and programmes of the United Nations system in the implementation of
General Assembly resolutions 45/190, 46/150, 47/165 and 48/206,

      Noting with appreciation the contribution made by Member States
and by organizations of the United Nations system to the development
of cooperation to mitigate and minimize the consequences of the
Chernobyl disaster, and the activities of regional and other
organizations, in particular the Commission of the European
Communities, as well as bilateral activities and those of
non-governmental organizations,

      Welcoming the commitments made by Member States in the
Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United
Nations,  1/ adopted on 24 October 1995, to intensify cooperation on
natural disaster reduction and major technological and man-made
disasters, disaster relief, post-disaster rehabilitation and
humanitarian assistance in order to enhance the capabilities of
affected countries to cope with such situations,

      Conscious of the forthcoming tenth anniversary of the disaster at
the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which became the largest
technological catastrophe in terms of its scope and created
humanitarian, environmental, social, economic and health consequences
and problems of common concern, requiring for their solution wide and
active international cooperation and coordination of efforts in this
field at the international and national levels,

      Expressing profound concern about the ongoing effects on the
lives and health of people, particularly children, in the affected
areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as in
other countries most affected by the Chernobyl disaster,

      Noting the readiness of Ukraine in principle to close the
Chernobyl nuclear power plant by the year 2000, bearing in mind the
need for adequate support from relevant countries and international
organizations for that purpose,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General of 8 September
1995  2/ on the implementation of resolution 48/206,

      1.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts in
the implementation of General Assembly resolutions 45/190, 46/150,
47/165 and 48/206 and, through existing coordination mechanisms, in
particular the United Nations Coordinator of International Cooperation
on Chernobyl, to continue to maintain close cooperation with the
agencies of the United Nations system, as well as with regional and
other relevant organizations, with a view to encouraging the regular
exchange of information, cooperation and coordination of multilateral
and bilateral efforts in those areas, while implementing programmes
and specific projects, inter alia, in the framework of relevant
agreements and arrangements;

      2.    Invites Member States, in particular donor States, relevant
multilateral financial institutions and other concerned parties of the
international community, including non-governmental organizations, to
provide support to the ongoing efforts made by Belarus, the Russian
Federation and Ukraine to cope with the consequences of the Chernobyl
disaster, and requests the Secretary-General to appeal to Member
States to continue and intensify that assistance;

      3.    Notes the establishment in Ukraine of an International
Scientific and Technological Centre for Nuclear and Radiological
Accidents as an important step towards enhancing the capabilities of
the international community to study, mitigate and minimize the
consequences of such accidents, and invites all interested parties to
take part in its activities;

      4.    Declares 26 April 1996 International Day Commemorating the
Tenth Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident, and
invites Member States to conduct appropriate activities to commemorate
this tragic event and to enhance public awareness of the consequences
of such disasters for human health and the environment throughout the

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session, under a separate sub-item, a
report on the implementation of the present resolution.

                                                          96th plenary meeting
                                                              20 December 1995


1/   Resolution 50/6.

2/   A/50/418.

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