Bishkek hosts International High-Level Conference on uranium tailings

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Bishkek, May 17, 2018 / Kabar /. Bishkek hosts an international high-level conference "Uranium tailings in Central Asia: modern efforts to reduce risks, update the resolution of the UN General Assembly" The Role of the International Community in Preventing Radiation Threat in Central Asia. "

Representatives of the Kyrgyz Parliament, government, local self-government bodies, the diplomatic corps, international and non-governmental organizations located in the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the member of the European Parliament Michel Rizovi are taking part in the event.

The purpose of the regional meeting is to discuss the problems of uranium tailings in Central Asia in the national and regional aspects and the results of the work done in recent years in order to bring the uranium tailing dumps to a safe state, agree on intentions, develop recommendations for practical actions for the near future, and promote the resolution of the UN General Assembly on the Role of the International Community in Preventing Radiation Threat in Central Asia.

There are numerous uranium tailings, containing significant amounts of highly toxic uranium and other extremely hazardous waste in the territory of Central Asia. The condition of almost all uranium tailings significantly deteriorated after closing several decades ago of the relevant uranium mining and processing industries.

Existing risks are significantly increased due to the proximity of many tailings to settlements, in areas prone to earthquakes, landslides and mudflows.

Governments of Central Asian countries, in cooperation with interested countries, with key international partners and donors, work to find effective measures to prevent a threatening catastrophe. The political will in a consolidated and well coordinated solution of this acute regional problem was repeatedly demonstrated at a high level.

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