Worst nuclear power plant accident in history remembered

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The international community has been urged to generously support the regions that were affected by the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.

The call has been made by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power accident in Ukraine.

Hundreds of emergency workers risked their lives in responding to the accident which led to the evacuation of over 330,000 and later caused thyroid cancer in thousands of children.

The Secretary-General said there are six million people still living in the affected areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Eduardo del Buey is the Deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General.

"In his message, the Secretary-General says, on this occasion, as we pay our respects to the past, we also need to take stock and look ahead. The United Nations is fully committed to the Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development proclaimed by the General Assembly for 2006-2016, and to the UN Action Plan on Chernobyl, which contains a declaration of principles embraced by all UN agencies involved in recovery efforts."

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One year ago, the Secretary-General visited the Chernobyl site and saw first hand the great resilience being demonstrated by the affected people.

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