We welcome all organisations working to improve the lives of those living in the Chernobyl and Fukushima-affected regions to join us. Working together organisations can be stronger, more effective and can achieve real, sustainable, long-term change.
Please read our mission statement.

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Children from Borydanka Ukraine arrive home with wonderful memories of their visit to England. The children spent a month with the Billericay Chernobyl Children’s Life Line link. They were taken care of by volunteer host families. The children visited the dentist and opticians. The children will always remember the kindness of the British people

"So many new activities and entertainment I had never in my life. I love to roller skate, and in England also mastered conventional skates. This amusement park, where I visited my parents and friends have only seen in movies. And the first time I lived at the camp - is a camp in nature - they told us a lot about the UK, conducted a variety of workshops, organized fun on land and water. I will never forget that kindness and sincerity,


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Princess of Asturias Award 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last April 26th, FEDASIB Spain, as we already told you , presented the candidacy to the Princess of Asturias 2,016 prize, in the categorie Concord, for the Heroes of Chernobyl. We will know in September the decision of the jury, so it is now when we ask you for the last effort to support this candidacy.

We ask for your support, read here more and help us!!


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Action Weeks 2016 in Great Britain

Chernobyl Children’s Life Line organised many different Actions for the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. There was Cathedral and church services including Canterbury Cathedral, all were attended by many dignitaries and members of the public. Candles were lit in remembrance of those who lost their lives as a result of the disaster.


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30th Anniversary in Ukraine

On the 12thApril Journalists arrived in Korosten Ukraine fromEquator to interview liquidators as part of a documentary for the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl. Tomás Ciuffardi  had made contact through The facebook page Fire Fighters of Chernobyl  to ask for help to meet liquidators. Alexy Geraimovich a fire fighter in Korosten organised such meetings with Chernobyl witnesses. Alexy is also involved with the Ukraine Fire Fighter Project, a member of the ICN. For the 3oth anniversary of the fire service  of Korosten took part in an event held in the town for remembering the liquidators. Also at the Event was fire fighter  Michael Pitney from the UK and the founder of the Ukraine Fire fighter project. Hundreds of people turned out for the service along with widows and families who have lost loved ones as a result of the disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Action Weeks 2016

"For a future after Chernobyl and Fukusima"

Action Weeks 2016 are taking place during this month in different countries.ICN members are organizing a lot of events, and this year, for the 30th anniversary, we have been in important places: European Parliament in Brussels, General Audience with Pope in Rome...Here you can check all the event that are taking part during this days!


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Belarusian Memorial Chapel

The project designed by Spheron’s Tszwai is already started.

The Belarusian Memorial Chapel is being built dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster,in Finchley, north London and the project is funded by the Holy See of Rome.

The foundation of the chapel is now completed, and on 7th Feb, there will be a small ceremony to lay the cornerstone.

The chapel is expected to be completed in Autumn, and they are planning to have some commemorating events in April for the 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl.

 

 

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NEW MEMBERS!

New organizations decided to join us recently and we would like to share with you our new members!

For the first time, we have an Australian organization in our network!  Friends of the Earth. Secondly, two new organizations from Italy join us, also the first time that we have members from this country! Associazione Umanitaria Yra and Centro Nazionale per il Volontariato. From Portugal, ACLIS and finally from France 26th of April Appeal. Click here for know more about them!


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International Conference For the European Action Week 2016

30th anniversary of Chernobyl

 

More than 100 representatives from eleven differents countries met in Geseke-Eringerfeld(Germany),for a four-days (29th October- 1st November 2015) exchange of experiences on the "International Conference For the European Action Week 2016", organized by IBB Dortmund.

 


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International Conference For the European Action Week 2016

30th anniversary of Chernobyl

 

This year, more than 90 representatives of Chernobyl initiatives from ten differents countries will meet in Geseke-Eringerfeld(Germany),for a four-day (29th October- 1st November 2015) exchange of experiences on the "International Conference For the European Action Week 2016", organized by IBB Dortmund.

 


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Nobel Prize Literature 2015

 

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was assigned to the Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich.
Was awarded "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".

Svetlana, born in Ukraine and raised in Belarus, writes precisely about all issues that for so many years, our associations and ICN, had to face for remembering the Chernobyl disaster.


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British partner

 Pat and Len Joy, from Children's Joy, tell in an article for BBC News how they sold their house in Essex to set up an orphanage looking after Ukrainian children.

Also, Linda Walker, from Chernobyl Children Project UK (CCP),invites you to watch this amazing video about how they supporting the children of Belarus.


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V National Forum by FEDASIB

 

   Last weekend, (18-20 September)  took place in Madrid (Spain)  the V National Forum of organizations and groups that develop humanitarian activities with Belarusian Children after the catastrophic consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, organized by FEDASIB.

In this forum, were discussed the prospects and proposals for the Spanish humanitarian action in Belarus and the activities in Spain since the Chernobyl disaster to help Belarusian children.

 

                   


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New volunteer!

 My name is Cristina and I’m the new volunteer in Dortmund (Germany) with I.B.B.

I'm so glad for this chance, and I hope to help all of ICN members to be involved and in contact each other.

I think is important tell to young people, as me, the real situation after all these catastrophes. Sometimes, it's difficult to be involved with things that happened a long time ago, and you didn't see.

Thanks to I.C.N. and the Actions Weeks, I discovered better the consequences that can have these catastrophes in our time, and now I have the opportunity to help and try to change the situation, for a future without Chernobyl or Fukushima.


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Happy Holidays Across Europe

Thousands of children from Belarus and Ukraine have been enjoying recuperative holidays with Chernobyl organisations across Europe. Children of all ages, from 5 year olds with their mums, to teenagers, have a month long holiday which boosts their immune systems and gives them a better chance of staying healthy. This is particularly important for children who have had cancer or other serious illness and for those who live in the more contaminated areas.


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European Action Weeks 2015: Commemorating Chernobyl and Fukushima at more than 100 locations

Candles actions, witnesses’ interviews and other events that took place this year in more than 100 cities in Europe, Turkey, Brazil and Japan, remind us of the 29th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. "We shouldn’t forget the tragic consequences of the misfortune in Chernobyl that destroyed the lives of so many people”, says Peter Junge-Wentrup, CEO of IBB Dortmund which initiated the campaign of European Action Weeks "For a future after Chernobyl and Fukushima". "We must learn from such disasters for the sake of common history in Europe."

Partner organizations from Great Britain, Poland, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Spain and Turkey were taking part in EAW with a total of more than 200 events - including witnesses’ interviews in schools, press-conferences, panel discussions, lectures, music festivals, art and theater performances.


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Action Week 2015

As we commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster - and the catastrophe at Fukushima continues to unfold - there will be events all over Europe as part of Action Weeks. With the support and sponsorship of IBB, liquidators are visiting cities in many countries to speak in schools and public meetings about their experiences. These are the brave people - mostly young men at the time - who were conscripted to put out the fires, prevent an even worse disaster,  and then clean up the surrounding countrside in the aftermath of the accident.


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Tchernobyl Forever

This is a beautiful and powerful book and  DVD which tells the story of the disaster and it ongoing effects. The book is dedicated to Vasily Nesterenko, former director of the Institute of Nuclear Energy at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and one of the most important liquidators of the consequences of the disaster.

 


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Silent Witness

This month the book 'Silent Witnesses - Three decades after Chernobyl's nuclear disaster' was released. This unique journalistic photodocument provides a disturbing picture of the effects of the disaster, now almost 30 years later.

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We have a newsletter

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our first newsletter. 
It may be downloaded by clicking on the  button on the home page.
We hope that you enjoy reading it.


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ECN goes International!

At a gathering in Poland in October members of ECN decided it was time to enlarge the scope of the network, and it was relaunched as the International Chernobyl Network.

The European Chernobyl Network came into being in 2010, just months before the disaster at Fukushima. That accident is still ongoing, pouring contamination into the sea,and many organisations in Japan are very active in raising awareness, demanding more protection for their people and opposing a restart of nuclear power in their country. It is time we all worked together. The German organisation IBB, who facilitated the start of ECN, also hosted the conference at which we became International. The Network now hopes to attract members from Canada, the US and other parts of the world.


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New Phase of the Support Program for Belarus

New 7th phase of the Support program for Belarus has started in Septembet 2014 and will last till 2016. This phase welcomed on board new partners and initiatives. The 7th phase of the support program for Belarus has several innovations. New phase was opened for commercial subjects to apply as a co-partner for a project. This gives opportunity to a broader spectrum of initiatives to develop their projects...


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Chernobyl in the Theatre

"FIELD OF ASPHODEL" In July 2014 iDOLRiCH TheatreRotto puppetry production presented a new performance which tell the story of Persephone and Hades illustrating the creation of summer and winter in ancient Greek mythology. This performance is an artistic representation of Chernobyl and Fukushima disaster. Presentation includes quotes of eye witness.

“A performance of multi-skilled professionalism which sets new standards in this genre” Chernobyl Children Charity


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Happy Summer for Belarusian and Ukrainian Children!

All across Europe ECN member organisations have been hosting children for recuperative holidays during the summer. Some of the children are in remission from cancer or other serious illness, others have not had major health problems yet but live in contaminated parts of Belarus or Ukraine. For all the children, four weeks of fresh air and clean food provides a boost to their immune systems and leaves them stronger and healthier for at least the next two years.


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Light a candle on 25th of April 

The day of a Chernobyl disaster stays in memories of many people around the whole world. This day changed live of hundreds of people. Humanity need to remember this day and raise awareness on consequences of atomic energy. Message of the remembrance movement should stay alive for many years to develop responsibility for the choice of source of energy...


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Beginning of the European Action Weeks “For a Future after Chernobyl and Fukushima” in Dortmund – Call for a Worldwide Turnaround in Energy Policy

Dortmund. 8. March 2014. “We were confident that everything would go well for a long time. But after the nuclear accident in Fukushima we realised that nobody is here to protect us.” Yukimi Hagiwara, housewife and mother from Fukushima, described the current situation of the people from Fukushima on Friday, 7th of March during the opening of the European Action Weeks “For a Future after Chernobyl and Fukushima” at the town hall of Dortmund. “We are establishing a bridge to foster exchange


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Ukrainian Fire Fighters Project

The project has an objective to provide professional training and up to date equipment to fire fighters living and working in Korosten Ukraine, a town that still suffers from the affects of the Chernobyl disaster. The project is managed by a Kent Fire Fighter Mike Pitney. In the summer Firefighters can suffer from exposure to doses of radiation as the radioactive particles are released, spreading the legacy of an accident which many people think we can already safely forget.


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Partnership Conference

Background

Since mid-1990s IBB Dortmund organize Partnership conference for active partners. The conference became a discussion and idea development platform. Partnership conference is a chance for partners to come together for development of new strategies for cooperation. Moreover the conference gives space for networking. The European partnership conference which the IBB carried out in October 2012 in Berlin in order to develop perspectives for sustainable energy policies at European level the exchange needs to be further intensified. Expertise and debates with eyewitnesses from Belarus and Ukraine, the exchange among civil society actors from the participating countries on questions related to energy policies is enhanced during the European Partnership Conference through plenary sessions, open debates, workshops and discussion groups.


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Projects

European Chernobyl Network is a platform for cooperation and development for organizations with common interests and aims. Working together we can reach a larger audience with information about Chernobyl, the needs of the people of the region and the dangers of nuclear power. We try to raise awareness and involve young people in to work on sustainable future without atomic energy.

Action weeks are one of the projects which involve all European counties in a remembrance and solidarity movement.

Partnership conference gives our partners chance to get together, share ideas and develop new strategies, and find partners for their projects.

We hope to organise as Joint Actions small initiatives on which we can work together across Western and Eastern Europe. Our aim is to involve members of the ECN to work on some projects together and achieve recognition. Our new project is the Fire Fighters Project.

     


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Action Week

The idea for the Action Weeks was born on the 25th anniversary of the reactor explosion in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what is today Ukraine. On this occasion the IBB first invited Chernobyl initiatives from all over Europe to a joint partnership conference in Minsk in April 2011.

Only one month earlier, in March 2011, a second core melt accident had occurred in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima which brought back the almost forgotten memories of Chernobyl within Europe. Fukushima thus showed clearly the need for a pan-European culture of remembrance that facilitates societal learning from experiences with catastrophes.

Involvement 

The European Action Weeks


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About Us

Established November 2010. Chernobyl organisations from eight European countries came together in Germany to discuss co-operation and the result was the launch of the European Chernobyl Network.

The European Chernobyl Network was created as an important platform for cooperation and understanding between organisations to share experiences, projects and ideas.

Aims and objectives

ECN can collect and provide information to the members with common goals who can in turn share their projects and initiatives to help each other develop. One main idea is that members of the ECN unite and work together to raise awareness surrounding current issues affecting victims of the nuclear power plant disasters, especially Chernobyl and Fukushima, also educating the youth aboutthe


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Tremendous Success for an Active Network in a People’s Europe

More than 50 representatives of Chernobyl initiatives from nine countries met on Friday (29.11.2013) in Schwerte for a three-day exchange of experiences on the European Action Weeks “For a Future after Chernobyl and Fukushima”. “Our meeting shows in a very impressive way how much we have already achieved together through our Europe-wide solidarity movement in a people’s Europe”, summarised Peter-Junge Wentrup, Executive Director of IBB Dortmund which had hosted the conference.


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We welcome all organisations working to improve the lives of those living in the Chernobyl and Fukushima-affected regions to join us. Working together organisations can be stronger, more effective and can achieve real, sustainable, long-term change.
Please read our mission statement.


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Chernobyl Action Weeks in April 

All across the continent member organisations of the European Chernobyl Network will be commemorating the Anniversary of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster during. With support and funding from IBB (International Education and Exchange based in Dortmund) witnesses from Chernobyl will come to 150 cities in 9 countries - Germany, UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Belarus and Ukraine. Some are people who were re-settled after the accident but most are liquidators, the brave men and women from the USSR who risked their lives to help to make safe the stricken reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl and to ‘clean


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Mission Statement

The International Chernobyl Network brings like-minded organisations together so that we can all work more effectively to improve the lives of those living in the Chernobyl and Fukushima-affected regions.  
We welcome all organisations which share this goal to join us.
Working together we can achieve real, sustainable, long-term change.
Our objectives are to:

  1. Provide a forum for organisations to share information, ideas and resources
  2. Encourage organisations to work together where this is appropriate to maximise the effectiveness of their initiatives
  3. Keep the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters alive in the public consciousness, and to raise awareness about its ongoing health, social and environmental impact
  4. On occasion to enable organisations to come together and speak with one voice on issues of great importance to our

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