Draft

DECLARATION
(the final document)
of Participants of the International Forum
“Chornobyl’s Legacy for the Nuclear Safety of the World”

We, the participants of the International Forum “Chornobyl’s Legacy for the Nuclear Safety of the World”, gathered in Kiev on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster to confirm our readiness to cooperate in the field of nuclear safety, strengthening collective efforts, aimed at prevention and reduction of the negative consequences of such accidents in the future.

The Forum participants have discussed the state and results of tackling the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster and, recognizing

  • the efforts of Ukraine and the international community to minimize the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster;
  • the fact that the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster still pose a serious problem for the affected countries;
  • that the impact of Chornobyl on the contaminated territory is not only a local and national problem, but a problem in a global scale;
  • the urgent need to manage the long-term consequences of radioactive contamination for the mankind and the environment;
  • the confidence that the international community should employ new approaches to sustainable recovery and development, combining health, socio-economic development, environment, foodstuffs, education and culture to meet the current and long-term needs of the affected population and of the civil society,

declare that

  • the implementation of measures on nuclear safety should remain a key priority in all activities in the field of atomic energy. High standards of nuclear safety culture should be an indispensable condition for the use of the power energy. The qualified personnel training systems in the field of nuclear safety at the national and regional levels should be among the priorities of higher education;
  • the legitimate and lawful use of nuclear energy objects by countries in accordance with their obligations as members of the IAEA and prevention of their occupation and use by other parties is an essential and indispensable part of compliance with the nuclear safety culture;
  • the disaster at the Chornobyl NPP, Fukushima NPP and natural disasters make the world community to pay attention to the elevation of the standards of the nuclear security and of rapid responses to accidents and emergencies at Nuclear Power Plants, and to those ones, which are caused by the large-scale disasters of natural origin. These disasters prove that only by joint efforts of the international community we can strengthen nuclear safety;
  • the goals, meeting the needs of the affected population by the Chornobyl disaster, can be reached by the development and the implementation of complex projects in the priority fields, involving the cooperation with the national and international partners at the governmental and non-governmental levels.

The Forum participants are deeply convinced that the cooperation and the exchange of advanced practices in the field of planning, location, construction and operation of nuclear facilities will increase the level of security of these objects.

We call upon the concerned governmental departments and regulatory agencies of the countries with the Nuclear Power Plants in their territory to draw the world’s attention to the solution of the Chornobyl’s problems, in particular to the next phase of turning the “Shelter” Object into ecologically safe system.