The Director General of the IAEA, Grossi, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Chornobyl and discussing ongoing cooperation with the Ukrainian President and ministers

The Director General of the IAEA, Grossi, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Chornobyl and discussing ongoing cooperation with the Ukrainian President and ministers



In meetings with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Mr Grossi discussed protective measures, nuclear safety, human health and the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the IAEA is providing Ukraine with a PCR / diagnostic kit and two mobile medical diagnostic x-ray machines. Mr. Grossi emphasized the value of ZODIAC, an important initiative to prevent future outbreaks of diseases that spread from animals to humans, and recognized the National Scientific Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine as a focus of ZODIAC.

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In meetings with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Mr Grossi discussed protective measures, nuclear safety, human health and the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the IAEA is providing Ukraine with a PCR / diagnostic kit and two mobile medical diagnostic x-ray machines. Mr. Grossi emphasized the value of ZODIAC, an important initiative to prevent future outbreaks of diseases that spread from animals to humans, and recognized the National Scientific Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine as a focus of ZODIAC.

Master’s students at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (NTUU KPI) welcomed Mr. Grossi as a guest lecturer. In his lecture on nuclear safety and nuclear energy, Grossi emphasized the role of international cooperation. “The IAEA has taken on this role as an international hub for nuclear cooperation,” he said. “The international community faces two major challenges that need nuclear science, technology and replication to play a role – the pandemic and climate change.”

In 2019, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, with the support of the IAEA and the governments of Canada, Sweden and the USA, established the master’s degree in Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials at the NTUU KPI. Study materials and curriculum were developed based on content from the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), which the IAEA’s Nuclear Safety and Security Division helped set up in 2010.

Mr. Grossi will visit the Chornobyl exclusion zone and attend the meeting of the participants of the International Chornobyl Cooperation Account (ICCA) on Tuesday.

Read more about the IAEA’s response to the 1986 Accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.

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