UN remembers Chernobyl disaster by reiterating commitment to nuclear safetyListen /
The countless women, men and children affected by radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster must never be forgotten, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday.
In a statement marking 27 years since the accident, Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN's commitment to work for greater nuclear safety and sustainable energy worldwide.
Mr. Ban says the international community has learned important lessons from Chernobyl in linking humanitarian and nuclear response systems, which can be applied in other nuclear disaster situations worldwide.
While the affected area is still suffering from the impact, including damage to food chains, land and water, Mr. Ban says the fact that communities there now have the chance to lead a normal life is encouraging.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.