Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English
On April 25, 2018 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, participated in the briefing for diplomatic corps and international organizations. In such format briefing on the occasion of the 32nd Anniversary of the Chernobyl Catastrophe and the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, was organized for the first time. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Department of Humanitarian Aid and UNDP.
In his statement, A.Dapkiunas noted that Belarus feels responsible for maintaining the attention of the international community to the history and lessons of the Chernobyl tragedy, sharing its’ experience in overcoming consequences and encouraging the traditions of a sincere humanitarian response to the misfortunes of others and empathy.
Providing decent and safe conditions for living in the affected regions, returning contaminated territories to normal social and economic development remains a daily task for the government of Belarus and local authorities, noted Belarusian diplomat.
Deputy Minister underlined, that overcoming the long-term consequences of the Chernobyl accident requires not only national efforts, but also further strengthening of international cooperation.
In 2016, United Nations General Assembly in its resolution stressed the importance of the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster and empowered the United Nations system to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals in the regions affected by the Chernobyl disaster by attracting investment and innovation.
A.Dapkiunas especially thanked the governments, non-governmental organizations for their assistance to Belarus, and expressed sincere admiration of the noble people who did not remain indifferent to the fate of people affected by Chernobyl.
At the end of the briefing A.Dapkiunas and Z.Taylor presented special prizes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP to three Belarusian schoolchildren — finalists of the creative contest of the newspaper “Perehodny vozrast” “Through the prism of decades” (in the framework of the project “Chernobyl: Events, Fates, Memory”).
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