- President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and Tánaiste Simon Coveney voice their support for Chernobyl victims.
- Chernobyl cast along with key members of the Chernobyl production team are due to attend the commemoration at the United Nations.
- “We must not forget that while Chernobyl is a past event, it is still an unfolding tragedy that will last for forever. Every day children are born with a deadly Chernobyl legacy from an event that happened long before their birth” – Adi Roche
- “Chernobyl” is produced by Sister Pictures, The Mighty Mint and Word Games as an HBO/Sky Originals co-production; the miniseries debuts on HBO on May 6 and Sky on May 7.
On 26 April 2019, the 33rd Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, charity founder and activist Adi Roche will speak at United Nations Headquarters in New York City at a poignant commemoration for Chernobyl victims, ahead of the debut of HBO and Sky’s new ‘Chernobyl’ mini-series.
“Chernobyl” dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, and brings to life the true story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
The Permanent Missions of Belarus, Ukraine and Ireland to the United Nations, in collaboration with Chernobyl Children International is hosting the event to honour the victims of the disaster and to recognise the cast and crew of the mini-series, which tells the real “behind the scenes” story of the world’s worst nuclear accident.
Roche, who first responded in the immediate aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, says she is grateful for the awareness that is being raised as a result of the new global TV series;
“The upcoming mini-series sees Chernobyl as never articulated before. It is helping us to see Chernobyl with fresh heart, fresh understanding, fresh compassion…retelling the story to a new and wider audience like never before.”
Roche will speak at the UN exactly 3 years after her historic address to the United Nations General Assembly, which resulted in the designation of April 26th as ‘United Nations Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’ forevermore.
An exclusive 20-minute preview of the mini-series is being developed especially for the CCI led event in New York. A minute’s silence will be observed in memory of Chernobyl’s victims at the event as well as a message from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, who has been a long-time supporter of the work of CCI;
“As President of Ireland, may I, on behalf of the Irish people, join those across the world who today remember the great tragedy of Chernobyl. The 26th of April 1986 was a day when a dark shadow was cast across human history, a shadow that continues to profoundly affect so many innocent lives. The world has learned important lessons from the catastrophic event in Chernobyl, in particular the importance of international co-operation and solidarity in this increasingly globalised world.”