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"UN will ensure needs of those traumatized by Chernobyl nuclear disaster will not be forgotten"
 Secretary-General Kofi Annan


The Commemoration of the 18th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident

The world’s single worst nuclear accident, the tragedy at the Chernobyl power plant, occurred 18 years ago. The impact on communities in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, however, remains severe today. To draw attention to the continuing needs of people in the affected areas, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the governments of the three affected countries held a special commemorative ceremony on Chernobyl.

Proceedings of the commemorative event
27 April, 2004

Statements by the Government of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine

Statement on behalf of the European Union.

Introduction to the Documentary "Chernobyl Heart", Ms. Maryann De Leo

Brief remarks by Dr. William M. Novick, Founder and Medical Director, International Children's Heart Foundation

Remarks by Ms. Adi Roche, Chernobyl Children’s Project




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