Kiev: The Speaker of the Ukraine Parliament met with Green Cross International President Alexander Likhotal today, commending the nongovernmental organization for its work in the fields of environmental action and social and medical care for people affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The meeting in Kiev, to mark today’s 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant emergency, included representatives from four Green Cross national organizations, as well as current and former government officials from Switzerland, Japan and the United States.
Mr Vladimir Lidvin, the Speaker, or Chairman, of the Ukraine Parliament, (pictured in centre) praised Green Cross for its support to communities in Ukraine that receive health, social and economic support in the wake of the Chernobyl crisis aftermath.
“The Ukrainian Parliament Speaker’s support for Green Cross was a testament to the tireless activities by our national organization in this country, and a sign that the government appreciates the continuing role of our organization in this country,” says Mr Likhotal (pictured left).
“The Chernobyl anniversary reminds us of the challenges associated with nuclear energy. It also underscores the responsibilities that government leaders shoulder in deciding on future directions for energy generation, and how to both ensure power is provided to drive economies and support communities, while at the same time not endanger populations and the environment,” says Mr Likhotal. “This responsibility is not only to our communities today but also to future generations.”
Green Cross International (GCI), founded by former Soviet Union President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organizations in over 30 countries.