Strengthening of international cooperation and coordination of efforts to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.
|Auteur||Secretary General UN|
|Classificatie||188.8.131.52/28 (TSJERNOBYL - ONGELUK & OMGEVING - ALGEMEEN)|
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STRENGTHENING OF THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AND DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE OF THE UNITED NATIONS, INCLUDING SPECIAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES OR REGIONS Strengthening of international cooperation and coordination of efforts to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster Report of the Secretary-General A/50/150, CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION ll. THE HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY A. Internally-displaced persons B. Extent of the human consequences C. Chernobyl recovery-workers: "The Liquidators" D. Increase in morbidity E. Impact on children F. Incidence of thyroid cancer G. Incidence in stress-related illnesses H. Potential for increase in other cancers and diseases III. CHERNOBYL IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXT A. Economic hardship B. Environmental contamination and its implications IV. INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO COUNTER TilE DISASTER V. COORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RESPONSE VI. CONCLUSIONS VII. RECOMMENDATIONS I-Introduction The name 'Chernobyl' has throughout the world become synonymous with our fear of technological catastrophe, it symbolizes a penance for our unchecked desire for progress. Yet in the countries onto which "the largest single quantity of radioactive material released" descended, Chernobyl signifies the reality of a prolonged humanitarian disaster of major proportions. It means having endured nine-and-a-half consecutive years of contamination and contamination risks, of forced displacements and the persistent, albeit necessary, scrutiny of researchers, of conflicting reports and growing skepticism for the guidance of authorities, and the ambivalence of the international community. Worst, however, it means having witnessed many of the youngest struck down by the consequences of radiation exposure, even so many years on.