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meeting between IAEA and EBRD

The IAEA and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have agreed to continue to work together, and with Ukrainian authorities, towards safe and cost-effective solutions to decommission the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and manage radioactive waste in the Exclusion Zone.

A black and white image of a helicopter in flight.

The UN marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant  (26 April 1986) – one of the most serious nuclear accidents in history. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by radiation. Some 350,000 people were forced to leave their homes in severely contaminated areas, with a deeply traumatic and lasting impact on their lives. The Chernobyl disaster was contained by governments working with academics and civil society for the common good. It holds important lessons for today’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disaster knows no borders.

On March 2011, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a powerful earthquake and huge tsunami. What progress has been made in nuclear safety since the accident?

Imaging from inside the body.

Find out how nuclear science plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, from medical imaging to radiotherapy to radiopharmaceuticals to sterilising medical equipment. Cancer is one of the main causes of death worldwide. 10 million people die each year from cancer and the number is growing. More than one third of cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly. The IAEA helps countries increase access to life-saving nuclear techniques.