The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine proposes to add Chernobyl to the UNESCO World Heritage List

17 december, 2020

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine proposes to add several sites of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote about this on his Facebook page on the Day of Honoring the Liquidators of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident:

“... I bow to all those who bravely fought against the consequences of the Chernobyl explosion, giving the people of Ukraine hope for the bright future.
On our side, the #MCIP team plans to include the Chornobyl complex in the preliminary UNESCO heritage list by March 31, 2021. To be able to preserve and restore individual objects of memory.
Future generations must see for themselves and realize the scale of the April 1986 tragedy. About how one night turned a promising young city of Pripyat into a ghost  town.”

As Tkachenko previously reported, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine together with the State Agency for Tourism Development also plan to take a number of steps to increase tourist visits to the location, in particular:
  • Arrange the proper visit procedure;
  • Invite art curators to develop touristic routes with interesting narratives and meanings;
  • To teach guides who can interestingly and clearly present the history of the city to visitors;
  • Involve restoration specialists in order to obtain a professional expert conclusion on which monuments require conservation and museumification, and possibly even partial restoration;
  • Provide high-quality basic infrastructure: improve checkpoint services, electrify the access system, place signs;
  • Review safety issues not only in terms of radiation control, but also in general site visits;
  • Develop an independent tourist brand of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.