UN's Ban to convene nuclear safety summit in September

By REUTERS
April 27, 2011 01:33

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he plans to convene a summit meeting in September to discuss nuclear safety following the crisis at Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima plant.

Ban told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council that he had used the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine to call for improvements in nuclear safety worldwide.

"The tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has added further urgency to this issue," he said. "This is a time for real global debate on the future of nuclear energy."

"With that in mind, I will convene a high-level meeting on strengthening the international nuclear safety regime when world leaders gather in New York in September," he said, referring to the annual meeting of the General Assembly.


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