21.04.2011 - ODG

Irina Bokova calls for greater solidarity in nuclear risk reduction

© UNESCO/Badaoui Rouhban - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova addressing the audience of the International Scientific Practical Conference in Kiev, Ukraine, on 20 April 2011

On 20 April 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova delivered a keynote address at the International Scientific Practical Conference: “Twenty-five Years after Chernobyl Accident, Safety for the Future”, held in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Conference was presided by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In her speech, Irina Bokova highlighted the significance of work that crosses all policy areas and traditional disciplinary boundaries. “After Chernobyl, security cannot only be ‘national.’ It is not the sole purview of States -- it starts with individuals, and it must take in society as a whole. This is the message around which we gather today -- a message of solidarity, founded on rights and dignity”, underlined the Director-General.

In the margins of the Conference, Irina Bokova had a meeting with Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the course of the talks, she highlighted the country’s significant contribution to international cooperation and to UNESCO’s main domains of action. For his part, Kostyantyn Hryschenko underlined the importance which Ukraine attached to enhancing cooperation with the Organization.
Later in the day the Director-General visited the Lavra Monastery accompanied by the Minister of Culture Mikhail Kuliniak, where she was received in audience by His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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