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Kyiv plays host to the Summit on safe and innovative use of nuclear energy, chaired by President Viktor Yanukovych
19 April 2011 15:20

The initiative of the President of Ukraine to hold the Kyiv Summit is directly connected with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the disaster at the Chornobyl NPP. Ukraine shares the vision that the issue of the nuclear energy being characterized with further growing threats in this sphere at the global and regional levels is strongly connected with the issues of safe use of nuclear energy in peaceful purposes. It is especially relevant for Ukraine proceeding from its experience in overcoming scaled humanitarian and security consequences of the Chornobyl disaster.

Holding this event in the capital of Ukraine is also our state’s contribution to the efforts of enlargement of the international support of the Washington Summit on Nuclear Safety convened in April 2010. It also proves Ukraine’s intentions to focus on the importance of strengthening the safety of peaceful nuclear energy in the context of consequences of the Chornobyl disaster and in the light of the recent accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant.

The Kyiv Summit has to become an unordinary topmost international forum for discussing perspectives of deepening practical cooperation among states interested in the development of modern technologies and innovations in the sphere of safe use of nuclear energy in peaceful purposes.

The participants in the Summit have a chance to confirm the importance of giving more states an opportunity to use the benefits of nuclear energy in peaceful purposes and the need to involve countries to innovative processes in the sphere of nuclear energy, which will sure promote the sustainable development in the regional and global dimensions.

The Kyiv Summit gathered over 60 participants, including 17 heads of state and government, officials from many countries and chiefs of international organizations.

The heads of delegations – the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary and Croatia, the Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan, Belgium, Lithuania, France, as well as the UN Secretary General, the President of the European Commission, the EBRD President, the IAEA Director General are supposed to deliver their short speech.

The Summit is expected to result in a High Level Declaration.

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