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Event commemorating the 18th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

United Nations Development Programme

  • “The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear accident- A Strategy for Recovery” …  contains the findings of a study commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF, UN-OCHA and WHO in 2002 on the living conditions of people in the affected areas. Assessments were based on rigorous analysis drawn from numerous interviews, Mission observations, discussions and research papers from local experts.
  • “Belarus: Restore a Water Ecosystem”  describes environmental recovery in Europe's largest wetlands and UNDP activities in this area.
  • “How to Save the Black Sea”  article written by Laurence Mee, a visiting professor of Marine Policy at the University of Plymouth, UK, describes a “Black Sea Action Plan” that is the result of co-operation between six Black Sea countries. The reservoirs in the Dnieper River still contain large amounts of radioactive material ready to be released into the Black Sea.
  • “An Appraisal of the Chernobyl Dyke Project on the Pripiat River”, written by Samuel Lepicard’s in the “Risk & Prevention” magazine, explains how the Chernobyl Dyke reduced the radioactive impact caused by spring floodings, which transported high radioactive material from areas surrounding the Chernobyl plant into the Pripiat River.

World Health Organization

  • The Chernobyl Tissue Bank…  was jointly funded by the European Commission, World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute of the USA, and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation of Japan and is aimed at helping scientists all over the world research increased incidences of thyroid cancer in the Chernobyl areas.

  • Medical relief for children through the development of Health Telematics explains how medical examinations of about 210,000 children, performed within the framework of the WHO International Programme on the Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident (IPHECA) and Chernobyl Sasakawa Project in the three affected countries, have shown a significant increase in the incidence of childhood thyroid diseases, including thyroid cancer.

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

Contains a variety of UNSCEAR Reports and Annexes.

International Atomic Energy Agency

  • The Chernobyl Forum  is an IAEA’s initiative launched in 2003 with the participation of international organizations from the UN family and representatives of the three affected countries. The initiative aims to generate consensual statements on the health effects attributable to radiation exposure, provide advice on health care programmes and consider the necessity for continued research.
  • “One Decade After Chernobyl: Summing up the consequences of the accident” includes a summary of results for the Joint EC/IAEA/WHO International Conference. It provides analysis of cancer cases attributable to the Chernobyl accident and possibilities of rehabilitating the exclusion zone.
  • “Chernobyl Shelter Fund, Shelter Implementation Plan” provides pictures and information on both the Shelter construction around the wrecked Chernobyl Unit 4 and the actual conditions of the Shelter.

European Commission

Ministry of Ukraine of Emergencies

International Information Platform

  • contains different facts about Chernobyl and its consequences, affected countries, on-line forums, and database of Chernobyl projects.

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

  • “Chernobyl Shelter Design Nears Completion”  A tender for construction for the new Shelter, perhaps the largest moveable structure ever to be built, may be issued later in 2003, says Vince Novak, director of EBRD's Nuclear Safety Department, which manages the Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF) and the Shelter Implementation Plan, whose cost is estimated at $768 million. The article provides cost and technical concepts for the new confinement.

Nuclear Energy Agency

  • includes assessments of the NEA Conference “Chernobyl: Ten years of Radiological and Health Impact” .
  • Health Impact  describes late, acute, psychological and social health effects of the Chernobyl accident.
  • Agricultural and Environmental Impacts  introduces the agricultural countermeasures needed to avoid human exposure to the radioactive Chernobyl contamination. It describes forest and water protection through forest management and fixation of radiocaesium in sediments.
  • Dose Estimates  introduces facts about the thyroid gland radioactive doses and the whole-body doses.
  • Potential Residual Risks  discusses potential radioactive risks that could be caused by prolong use of a temporary constructed shelter and release of radioactive materials from large quantities of radioactive wastes.
  • Shutdown of the Chernobyl Plant introduces facts related to the shutdown of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Among them are storage of used fuel and waste packages, treatment of solid wastes and construction of the shelter.

Harvard University 

Texas Tech University




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