Efforts by the IFRC to Tackle Nuclear Disaster

2018/01/17

Efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deal with nuclear disaster stem from two nuclear accidents that took place at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station and Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1979 and 1986, respectively. Furthermore, in 2011, the IFRC and the National Societies in the world were reminded anew by Fukushima Daiichi accident of how devastating the consequences of a nuclear disaster could be; this led to a resolution on Preparedness to respond to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear accidents which was adopted at the 18th session of the IFRC General Assembly (GA) in November 2011, calling on the IFRC and the National Societies to take on the role of supporting the people affected by nuclear disasters.
The special web page describes the efforts the IFRC has put in so far to tackle nuclear disaster.

Published on November 25, 2014.

The Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) co-hosted The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima from October 27 to 30, 2014. The meeting was participated by National Societies from 16 countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the IFRC, and they deepened an understanding of the damage from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the current situation of the reconstruction and related challenges for nuclear emergency preparedness. Based on that, they discussed the Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidelines.

Published on December 1, 2014.

For five days starting September 7, 2015, the Fourth Reference Group Meeting on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Emergency Preparedness was held in Berlin, Germany. The meeting was joined by 15 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the German government. At the meeting, the final draft of the Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidelines developed by the IFRC was confirmed. In addition, each group member reported on the CBRN emergency preparedness of the National Society and its country and shared information on related legislation.

Published on January 14, 2016.

A resolution on “preparedness to respond to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear accidents” was adopted at the 18th General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in November 2011. Since then, the IFRC and relevant National Societies have worked on operationalization of this resolution. This special webpage introduces a series of their efforts made until the 20th IFRC General Assembly which took place in December 2015 and their accomplishments.

Published on March 3, 2017.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Austrian Red Cross organized the CBRN workshop in Vienna, Austria, on 5 - 9 December 2016. The aim of this workshop is provide participants from national societies with practical information and tools as laid out in the IFRC Nuclear emergency guidelines. This special webpage introduces the summary and conclusions of the workshop.