On May 5, the Conference “Environmental Security of Ukraine in Wartime” and the Program “Green Economic Recovery” took place.
Margaryta Rayets, the President of WiN Ukraine and co-representative of the World Institute for Nuclear Safety (WINS), took part in the Conference “Environmental Security of Ukraine in Wartime” and the Program “Green Economic Recovery” on Ukraine’s future sustainable reconstruction after the war and its environmental security, while hostilities are still ongoing.
“Nuclear energy is important for Ukraine’s economy, its energy independence, it is an integral part of preserving the climate and achieving a sustainable low-carbon future, so the importance of the nuclear safety is difficult to overestimate – it is certainly, if not a part of the environmental security, its shadow!” – Margaryta Rayets noted in her introductory speech.
The President of WiN Ukraine also stressed the following: “Nuclear energy does not forgive reckless treatment. In a bad hands, it is an instrument of intimidation and blackmail, and in the hands of people who play with it politically, it can become a weapon aimed at themselves. Therefore – only qualitative changes, only skilful personnel policy on the part of the state, aimed at preserving human resources. Only the joint work of those who know and understand why the atom is needed – and it is needed for peace and development!”
The speakers and participants of the event took part in the discussion in the following thematic panels:
– The priority steps of the state for the future sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine after the war and ensuring its environmental security while hostilities continue;
– A look at key business areas on today’s threats and opportunities for recovery;
– On fixing losses, opportunities and the need to provide quality tools for reforms, taking into account the best international experience;
– Science and innovation for green recover.
In the near future, WiN Ukraine plans to join the work of the community in the direction of “Green economic recovery”.
The event was organized by the PAEU Environmentalists’ Union and the National Center for Sustainable Development within the framework of the United Nations Peacebuilding.