International Conference “Twenty Years after Chernobyl Accident. Future Outlook” will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, during April 24-26, 2006, according to the Mission of Ukraine to European Communities. The conference is organized by the government of Ukraine, in co-operation with the government of the Republic of Belarus, the government of the Russian Federation, the European Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Health Organization, the United Nation Development Program, the Council of Europe, the European Centre of Technological Safety, the International Charitable Fund « Ukraine 3000 », the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, France, the Society for Technical and Nuclear Safety GRS, Germany.
April 26, 2006 is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. The International Conference "Twenty Years after Chernobyl accident. Future Outlook" to be held 24-26 April 2006 with the purpose of review and better utilization of the experience gained from the accident enabling the world to be better prepared for any future accident of this magnitude.
The Chernobyl accident resulted in many changes, not only in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, but around the whole world. International standards on radiation protection, national strategies on the development of nuclear power, strengthening of nuclear safety and radioactive waste management have been revised. Twenty years after the accident is a good time for the international community to review and discuss these issues.
This conference will conclude a series of events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident and promote an effective implementation of the accumulated international experience in the following areas:
· Radiation protection of the population and emergency workers, and the environmental consequences of Chernobyl accident,
· Medical and public health response to radiation emergencies
· Strengthening radiological emergency management of radiation accidents,
· Economic and legal aspects of radioactive waste management and nuclear power plants decommissioning
· Radioactive waste management: Chernobyl experience
· Nuclear power plant decommissioning: Chernobyl NPP
· Transformation of the Chernobyl Sarcophagus into an ecologically safe system.
This conference will also present the conclusions of the Chernobyl Forum held 6-7 September 2005, Vienna, Austria and the International Chernobyl Conference "International Conference on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant" to be held in Minsk and Gomel, Belarus, April 19-21, 2006.
One of the Conference Sessions Medical and Public Health Response to Radiation Emergencies is organized by the World Health Organization and will be held jointly with the 11th Coordination Meeting of WHO/REMPAN institutions – Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network.
Additionally, an independent satellite event will be held in parallel with the main conference. An International Humanitarian Forum entitled Rebirth, Renewal, and Human Development is co-organized by
· the International Charitable Fund "Ukraine 3000"
· Fund for Development and Assistance to Chornobyl Children,
· International organization "Zhinocha Hromada",
· Charitable Fund "Friends of Children",
· UNDP Project Safe Environments for Ukrainian Youth,
· National Commission of Ukraine on UNESCO
The purpose of this Forum is initiation of a dialogue concerning sustainable development of human environment and society, strengthening of the responsibility of mankind and preparedness for disasters and emergencies of any nature and any scale.