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UN General Assembly adopts the resolution on Chernobyl

On December 16, 2019, at its plenary meeting the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution “Persistent legacy of the Chernobyl disaster” prepared by the delegation of Belarus.

Together with Belarus, 56 states co-sponsored this important document on Chernobyl. The resolution of the UN General Assembly will provide a platform for further actions in order to optimize the international response to consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy.

The main message of the new resolution is the need to continue Chernobyl cooperation under the auspices of the UN in order to achieve sustainable development of affected regions and the population through partnerships, innovations and investments.

The document reflects the contribution of the international community, including the UN system, to the restoration and development of affected regions, special coordinating role of the UN Development Programme in these activities.

The resolution calls on Member States and UN agencies to further strengthen strategic partnerships, build alliances and mobilize resources for the development of territories affected by the Chernobyl disaster. The document outlines areas of recovery programmes for affected regions. Among them are the development of local entrepreneurship and tourism, the creation of jobs, the transition of the local economy to environmentally friendly technologies, the promotion of sustainable forest management and agricultural innovations, the integration of vulnerable people in local development processes and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

In accordance with the resolution, the UN General Assembly will hold a special commemorative meeting on April 26, 2021 in observance of the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

The resolution is an evidence of the international community's solidarity with efforts of affected countries, the willingness to continue to give due attention to the Chernobyl problems and to contribute to sustainable development of affected regions and the population.