Ionizing radiation

Assessing and mitigating health effects of Chernobyl

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UN report on Chernobyl accident

The UN report The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: A Strategy for Recovery, launched in 2002, contained the findings of a study on affected people's living conditions years after the Chernobyl accident. It also contained recommendations on how their needs could best be addressed. The study was conducted by a multi-disciplinary international team in July and August 2001 on behalf of the UNDP and UNICEF, with the support of OCHA and WHO.

The Chernobyl Forum

In response to this UN report, the Chernobyl Forum was launched in 2003. It's mission was to generate authoritative consensual statements on the environmental consequences and health effects attributable to radiation exposure arising from the accident.

It was an inter-agency initiative, of IAEA, FAO, UNEP, UNSCEAR, UNDP, OCHA, WHO and the World Bank. The Governments of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine also took part.

Reports of the Forum

WHO report on Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident and Special Health Care Programmes (2006)
IAEA report on Environmental Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident and Their Remediation: Twenty Years of Experience (2006)
The Chernobyl Forum's Digest Report is a summary of technical reports done by the WHO, IAEA and UNDP (2006).