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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

On April 26th, International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is observed every year since 2016. It was first established on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and is designed not only to remember the victims of that tragic incident but also to raise awareness about the risks of nuclear energy.

It’s also a day that calls for renewed efforts to discover new initiatives to ease the suffering of the people who are still living in the affected lands of the Chernobyl disaster—one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. A day that changed the lives of millions of people and now serves as a cautionary tale.

The History of International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

On April 26, 1986, a reactor in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in an explosion and fire. This released large amounts of radioactive materials into the atmosphere and exposed the surrounding areas and over 8.4 million people to the dangerous material. At the time, the radioactive material spread over a large part of the Soviet Union—areas that are now known as Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation.

On December 8, 2016, on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 71/25. This resolution designated April 26th as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day—a holiday that has been observed ever since.

Observing International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

The purpose of this holiday is to optimize international efforts to study and mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. It’s also a day to raise awareness about the effects of this disaster and how it still impacts people to this day.

And it’s a day on which people should remember those who suffered and died from this disaster. Chernobyl was one of the most horrific nuclear accidents in history, and it’s up to the international community to not only keep the disaster fresh in their minds but also take action to ensure that something like this never happens again.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 26 Friday
Next year (2025)
April 26 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 26 Wednesday
Awareness & Cause, Nature & Environment, United Nations