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Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov participates in the meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl

On April 24, 2020, in New York, Valentin Rybakov, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations took part in the meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Chernobyl. The event took place on the eve of International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day via virtual communication.

IATF on Chernobyl coordinates activities of the United Nations agencies, other international organisations and interested countries related to international cooperation on Chernobyl. The Task Force is chaired by Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme. Its members are more than ten international organisations, including UNDP, IAEA, WHO, UNEP, FAO, World Bank. The three most Chernobyl-affected countries, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, are permanent participants of IATF.

The event organized by UNDP at the initiative of Belarus is aimed to start the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution “Persistent legacy of the Chernobyl disaster”, prepared by the delegation of Belarus and adopted in December 2019. The participants reviewed results of international Chernobyl cooperation within the UN over the past year and discussed directions of multilateral cooperation in this area in accordance with the new Chernobyl resolution.

During the meeting, V. Rybakov noted the need to ensure sustainable development in the affected regions and informed about the measures undertaken by the Belarusian side for the social and economic development of these regions.

The Belarusian diplomat presented proposals of Belarus on advancing international cooperation on Chernobyl and preparing for the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in 2021.