Chernobyl: looking back to go forward

The April 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant remains a defining moment in the history of nuclear energy. The enduring lessons of this tragedy are interwoven with a recurrent theme — the essential nature of international cooperation. In its recently released document, entitled ‘Chernobyl’s Legacy’, the Chernobyl Forum has solidly reinforced this theme. For the next few minutes, I would, therefore, like to use the topic of international cooperation as a lens through which to view the major impacts of the Chernobyl accident, the progress we have made since that time and, in keeping with the title of this conference, our outlook for the future.

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