Basic Information about International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
Observed on: April 26
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 2016 (UN Proclamation)
About International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
In April 26, 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant at Ukraine (at that time Soviet Union) which spread radioactive cloud over large parts of the Soviet Union, now the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This incident affects nearly 8.4 million people who were exposed to radioactive radiations. From 1990 onwards United Nations and many other NGOs are working for the rehabilitation of the affected people.
There were many research and assistant projects in the fields of health, nuclear safety, rehabilitation, environment, production of clean food and information are launched by UN and NGOs.
United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 8 December 2016, designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day (ICDRD). This year marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The day ICDRD aims to raise awareness about the nuclear disaster. This day also aims to raise awareness about risks of nuclear energy and power plant in general.
Actions and Programs on International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
NGOs and UN are organizing many programs and activities to remember the incident occurred in 1986. There were programs which focus on raising awareness of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and the risks of nuclear energy and power plant in general.
The programs also aims to spread the importance and need of continuous help to people affected during Chernobyl disaster. It also helps to continue support and raise fund for the projects and programs.