UN chief stresses need for nuclear security and disaster risk reduction

Nuclear security and disaster risk reduction must be "watchwords" going forward, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Kiev as he concluded his visit to Ukraine.

Ban Ki-moon (second from right)

Mr. Ban, who went to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster on Wednesday, said that the images of that visit “will stay long” with him.

In his address to the Kiev Institute of International Relations, the Secretary-General recalled that after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, people the world over said “No more Chernobyl.”

“Now we have the disaster in Japan. Suddenly, 'no more Chernobyl!’ has taken on a new and much bigger and larger meaning. Nuclear safety. Nuclear security. Disaster risk reduction. They must be our watchwords going forward.”

The Secretary-General is now in Russia where he visited a centre for disabled children and discussed the global problem of disability.

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