September 17, 2018

The opening of the exhibition “Chornobyl: The territory of change”

Vienna, 17 September 2018 - The VIC Ukrainian Club participated in the opening of the exhibition entitled “Chornobyl : The territory of change”, organized at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) by the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna.

The exhibition is presented in the framework of the 62nd session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held in Vienna from 17 to 21 September 2018. It vividly demonstrates the results achieved in the process of elimination of the consequences of the Chornobyl accident.

The tragic accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant is widely addressed as one of the most painful and largest nuclear catastrophes in the history of peaceful use of nuclear energy. Within more than 30 years after the disaster, the Chornobyl’s territory or “Exclusion Zone” has undergone a profound transformation into a zone of modern technologies development with essential radioactive waste management facilities, open air laboratory, renewable energy development, numerous ongoing international projects in the field of science and research etc. It has the world’s largest mobile facility – a New Safe Confinement constructed to protect the humanity from ionizing radiation of the destroyed power unit for a period of 100 years. The “Exclusion Zone” covers an area over 2,600 km2 and includes 96 resettled villages, towns and cities. 80% of the territory is occupied by the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve, the rest is intended for industrial use.

In the evening on 17 September, a unique photo exhibition and movies about Chornobyl disaster were demonstrated in the Novomatic Forum in Vienna. The Club circulated information and raised awareness about the events among colleagues at the VIC.

In 2019, the Club plans to introduce the photo exhibits at the VIC on the occasion of 33rd anniversary of the Chornobyl accident on2 6 April.