Secretary-General “extremely moved” by Chernobyl visit

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was one of the world's worst and even now, 25 years after it happened, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's "extremely moved" to be there at the site in Ukraine.

Ban Ki-moon Chernobyl

Ban paid tribute to all who were killed and affected by Chernobyl. The nuclear disaster left at least 6,000 children with thyroid cancer and forced more than 330,000 from their homes.

“This is an extremely moving experience for me.”

The UN has been supporting efforts to rebuild the towns around Chernobyl and revive the economy.

The Secretary-General says the challenge now is to keep moving forward with plans for safer nuclear energy, especially in light of the Japan disaster.

“We have learned lessons from these tragedies. We have to strengthen these nuclear safety standards both at national and international levels.”

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