The President of the Confederation to attend the Chernobyl Summit in Kiev

Bern, Press release, 15.04.2011

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will travel to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 to attend the Summit marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The theme of the Summit is safer and innovative uses of nuclear energy.

On the invitation of the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will address the Summit on the topic of the future of nuclear energy. The Chernobyl Summit, which has been organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, will focus on the lessons learned from past nuclear accidents and the development of strategies for the safer use of nuclear energy. The safety of nuclear power plants has become a very topical issue in light of the recent nuclear accidents in Fukushima, Japan.

Since the Chernobyl tragedy in 1986, Switzerland has worked with the international community to develop security measures in Chernobyl and to improve safety measures for nuclear power plants of the same type as Chernobyl. To date, Switzerland has contributed euro 27 million to projects such as the Chernobyl Shelter Fund for the construction of the new structure to contain the damaged reactor. 

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