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Project Title:

00011742 Support Project for the “Cooperation for Rehabilitation” (CORE) Programme in areas affected by Chernobyl


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Project Objective & Brief Description:

The main objective of the CORE Programme is to establish sustainable living conditions and a safe environment for the population of the four districts affected by the Chernobyl NPP accident through development and implementation of a range of activities in the economic, social, health, and cultural spheres, based on the principles of international cooperation, intersectoral and multilevel integration, and local participation.

UNDP Support Project for the CORE Programme shall assist the Republic of Belarus in implementation of the CORE Programme. The CORE Programme will facilitate sustainable human development and re-establishment of safe living conditions in four districts affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident, premised on the principles of international cooperation, cross-sectoral integration, strengthening of economic and social initiative, and peoples’ participation.

The support project the UNDP Support Project will:

1. Provide financial, administrative and technical support to the CORE coordination structures for:

• facilitating the preparation, assessment and selection of the projects (involving the PAC and AB);

• coordinating the implementation of the integrated CORE Programme.

2. If so requested on a voluntary basis, administer donor resources for the Programme.

3. Support implementation of the Programme by bringing transparent, accountable and flexible procedures in the following fields: contract preparation with the operators of the projects; and follow-up of the implementation of the projects: schedules, financial management and results.

4. Help to create conditions for involvement of other affected areas of Belarus into the Programme, and linkages with similar work in other Chernobyl affected areas in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

5. Provide regular reporting as well as public information about the CORE Programme to Belarusians, Europeans and the international community. (see Declaration of Principles on the CORE Programme, Section VI at http://core-chernobyl.org/eng/declaration/).

Project Duration:

10/2003 – 12/2008

Project Location:


Project Budget:

US$ 987,464

Major sources of project financing:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Chernobyl Committee, FERT

Project delivery in previous fiscal years:

US$ 959,114

MDG Focus:


Designated Institution:

Department for Mitigation of the Consequences of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl NPP of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus

National Coordinator:

Vladimir Tsalko, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Chairperson of the CORE Programme Approval Board

Phone: +375 17 206 54 24
Tel. (secretary): +375 17 206 54 24


Contact Persons:

CORE Programme Coordinator/Support Project Manager - Zoya Trafimchik
Tel. +375 (17) 227-05-72; 227-34-09 fax +375 (17) 227 77 87
web site: http://core-chernobyl.org

UNDP Programme Officer: Ms. Anna Litvinova

Project Document:

Project document 

Project Reports/Publications:


UNDP continued in 2005 its support to Belarus’ efforts in rehabilitation and sustainable development of the Chernobyl-affected areas. Under the chairmanship of UNDP Resident Representative, the Preparation and Assessment Committee of the Cooperation for Rehabilitation (CORE) Programme has approved 105 projects. Overall donor support to the programme has grown to over EURO 3.7 million while the number of signatories to the CORE Declaration of Principles has reached 30.

UNDP manages a Support Project to the Cooperation for Rehabilitation (CORE) Programme. The support project enabled a quick launch to this unique international programme on post-Chernobyl cooperation. It coordinated the work of its participants and structures, and brought in new partners to the CORE Programme. From the early days, CORE has brought together four Belarusian districts which suffered the most from the Chernobyl disaster: the Bragin and Chechersk districts (Gomel region), the Slavgorod district (Mogilev region) and the Stolin district (Brest region) as well as a wide range of national and international partners and donors.

Two sessions of the CORE’s Preparation and Assessment Committee (PAC) and Approval Board (AB) were held in 2005 during which 72 projects were approved thus bringing the total number of project proposals enrolled into the CORE Programme to 105. The first results of the CORE projects implementation were presented at a session of the PAC held in November 2005 in Chechersk under the chairmanship of UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Representative in Belarus Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu. At present 7 small-scale projects have been completed and nineteen (19) projects are being implemented.

The activities of the CORE projects resulted, in particular, in two information and rehabilitation trips to Lithuania made by senior pupils of Chechersk district schools (the trips were supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania), the opening of the treatment and rehabilitation center “Window of Hope” on the premises of the kindergarten in Terebezhov village of the Stolin district (supported by OSCE Office in Minsk), modernization of six local radiation control centers in the Bragin district (implemented with the support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and European Partnership Committee from France).

Under a project sponsored by OSCE Office in Minsk a significant contribution was made towards the creation of new jobs for young disabled people in Stolin. In a project implemented with the support of the UNDP, an educational and counseling center was opened at a secondary school in the village of Vaskovichy in the Slavgorod district The centre will help children and their family members to acquire practical skills to reduce the risk of radiation exposure, learn how to assess the radiological situation and make informed choices resulting in safe behaviour. A methodological text-book on radioecology and radiation safety for public schools teachers was developed under a project financed by UNESCO.

Fifty-four (54) local people participating in the CORE-Agri project, the largest thematic project of the CORE Programme supported by FERT (France), Embassy of France in Belarus, UNOCHA, TACIS and the World Bank were able to learn about the latest achievements in agricultural technologies at specialized exhibitions in Belarus, France and Poland. 36 agricultural producers in the Stolin and Slavgorod districts received micro-credits totaling 72.9 million Belarusian rubles (EURO 28,000). Regular tutorials on radiological culture for pregnant women in the Stolin district were organized in the framework of “Health and Maternity” thematic project with the support from Komchernobyl and UNFPA.

Visits of Belarusian pupils from the Stolin district to France and French students to the Stolin district were organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and Poitiers municipality in April-May 2005. The visits were a part of the CORE thematic project “Practical radiological culture, intergenerational and international memory and education”. Also a number of educational events, publications and materials on practical radiological culture for the Stolin and Bragin districts schools have been prepared within the project.

The UNDP CORE Supporting Project actively mobilizes resources necessary for implementation of the projects of the Programme. In 2005 national and international partners provided funds for 46 projects amounting to over two million euros. Five foreign and international organizations became new signatories of the CORE Program Declaration of Principles. The number of signatories of the Declaration increased from 11 in October 2003 to 30 at the end of 2005.

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105 project proposals with the total budget of over EURO 8 million, including 27 thematic projects and 78 small-scale initiatives, developed and approved within the CORE Programme up to now, of which:

- 7 small-scale projects have been implemented in full;

- 19 projects are under various stages of implementation, of which 15 have full financing and 4 – partial;

- 26 are currently under approval and registration according to the Belarusian legislation;

- 53 are still searching for donor financing.

- so far donors allocated EURO 3.7 million for projects implementation, of which EC TACIS share is around 45%.

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An educational and counseling center was opened on 15 November in a secondary school of the Vaskovichy village of the Slavgorod district (the Mogilev region). The new center will help children and members of their families to build up practical skills of reducing the risk of radiation exposure, to learn how to assess the radiological situation and to make informed choices needed to develop safe behaviors. Thanks to the practical radiological culture course of the center, people will become aware of the dangers the radiation possesses and they will know what to do to reduce the risk of radiation exposure. The center is equipped with all the necessary devices to detect and measure radiation. Study books and information brochures on radiation security are lined in the classroom’s shelves. People come to the center to measure milk, potatoes and meat, which they get from their small homestead land.

Core Programme in numbers

As of 1 June 2008 146 projects (including 35 topical and 111 small-scale initiatives), initiated by the population of the four CORE participating districts are designed and adopted in the CORE framework with a budget totaling about 9 million euro.

Among them:
34 projects completed
17 projects under implementation
19 projects under preparation for implementation
73 projects to the amount of more than 3 million euro are still looking for partners


Project Press Releases:

20 November 2006 | 19 new projects approved within CORE Programme

2 November 2006 | New signatories join the CORE Programme Declaration of Principles

20 October 2006 | UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus visits Stolin

28 April 2006 | UN marks Chernobyl anniversary with a message of hope, offers fresh initiatives to revitalize affected communities

28 April 2006 | Rural Development Center opened in the Stolin District

19 April 2006 | UN Under-Secretary-General Ad Melkert gives message of solidarity on Chernobyl anniversary

25 November 2005 | CORE Programme approves 34 new projects

16 November 2005 | UNDP helps pupils to improve their radio-ecological knowledge 

2 August 2005 | UNDP and SDC sign cost-sharing agreement on Chernobyl CORE projects

12 April 2005 | CORE Programme is a key tool for Chernobyl long-term recovery in Belarus, UNDP says

3 March 2005 | Statement by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus on the 2006 Chernobyl International Conference to be held in 2006

14 February 2005 | UNDP to hold a series of seminars on Chernobyl

15 November 2004 | November 10, an official opening ceremony of the Internet web site of the CORE Programme took place in Minsk

24 September 2004 | The national CORE Programme partners visited the Slavgorod District


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