United Nations Chernobyl Exhibition

A photographic exhibition entitled “Chernobyl: Tragedy, Lessons, Hope” featuring a collection of photographs by the American artist and cinematographer Philip Grossman will be on display in the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 18-22, 2016 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. 

The exhibition is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the United Nations, the Project Chornobyl (USA), the Russian American Foundation (USA), and unite4:good (USA).

The 30th anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant marks a significant milestone in the disaster prevention and mitigation efforts of the international community. 

Chernobyl changed the way countries deal with nuclear power, safety and security and highlighted the need for joint efforts to prevent, react to and mitigate the long-term consequences of a complex man-made disaster.  The global community led by the United Nations has been involved in mitigating and overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster for almost three decades and has gained unique knowledge and experience, including best practices in moving from recovery to development. 

One of the most crucial lessons of Chernobyl was that the world should stay vigilant and united in face of such disasters.  Further concerted efforts are needed building on the previous years of cooperation and partnerships.  They should focus on preserving and sharing the experience of overcoming complex consequences of a nuclear disaster in a broader UN context, including 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction.    

It is not a coincidence that the images conveying the consequences of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters will be exhibited during the time of the Signing of the Paris Agreement – a landmark historic event that will bring Heads of State and other highest ranking officials from 196 countries to the UN General Assembly on April 22.  It also coincides with the observance of the International Mother Earth Day on April 22.

The opening reception for the Chernobyl exhibition will be held on April 20 at 6:30 pm and will be attended by the highest ranking diplomats from the United Nations and the United Nations Member States, among them the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, the Ambassador of Israel to the United States, and many others.

For five full days, the collection of images documenting the devastating physical and psychological effects of the accident will be on display in the UN Headquarters as a sobering reminder of the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster.  

If you would like to help sponsor the exhibition you can send your tax deductible contribution to:

Russian American Foundation, Inc.
c/o United Nations Chernobyl Exhibition
70 West 36 Street
Suite 701
New York, NY 10018

Make Checks Payable to "Russian American Foundation, Inc"

For additional information please contact Irina Svirid at isvirid@russianamericanfoundation.org or (212) 687-6118 x 200

The Russian American Foundation (RAF) is a New York non-profit corporation that is exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3). Tax ID No 13-3946716