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Co-sponsors include: Government of Ukraine, Government of Poland, UN-DESA Division for Sustainable Development, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE);

Supported by the Permanent Missions to the UN of Belarus and Mexico; In Collaboration with: WHO, NGLS, DESA NGO Section, Stakeholder Forum

Speakers abstracts:

Dr. Lilian Corra, Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, В Dr. Ruth Etzel, Dr. Hiram Larew, Ms. Leila Conners, Mr. Bertil Lindblad, Mr. Werner Obermeyer, Dr. Scott C. Ratzan, Dr. Andrew Sowder, Mr. Richard Whiteford, Ms. Jessica Williamson.

Conference Program

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 10am to 6PM:


Part I: Chornobyl Nuclear Accident: the Past

10:00 – 11:00 am

Opening Remarks:

Daniel Igor Branovan, MD

Christine K. Durbak, MD

Welcoming Remarks:

Consul General of Ukraine, Mykola Kyrychenko

Alexander Rumyantsev “Chernobyl, the real story.”

Alexander Kalantirsky “Chernobyl through the eyes of the liquidators.”

Part II: Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: the Present

11:00 am – 12:00pm

Elena Malysheva “Lingering effects of Chernobyl: Results of an Internet survey of Russian population.”

Anatoly Romanchishen “The challenge of measuring radiation exposure after Chernobyl: Increased thyroid cancer rates among the “unexposed” population in St. Petersburg.”

Vladimir Parshin “Large scale Ultrasound screening for thyroid cancer among exposed populations in Russia.”

Part III: Advances in Diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Raj Tiwari “Understanding thyroid cancer on the molecular scale.”

Part IV: Developing Cost-effective Methods for Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

12:15 – 1:00 pm

Michael Tuttle “Developing a cost-effective methodology for post-operative treatment of the thyroid cancer patient.”

Michael Pitman “Management of surgical complications after thyroid surgery: the cost of treating recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis.”

Daniel Igor Branovan “Chernobyl nuclear accident: From Kiev and Minsk to Brooklyn and Boston.”

Panel Discussion:

Facilitators: Dr. Stimson Schantz, Dr. Dmitry Shiglik


1:00 – 3:00 pm

Project Chernobyl, the effort to treat the community at-risk

Featured Speaker: U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Closing Remarks:

Daniel Igor Branovan, MD

Christine K. Durbak, MD

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, H.E. Yuriy Sergeyev

THURSDAY MORNING – April 16th, 10 AM to 1 PM:

Energy Policies and Human Health

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Valeriy Kuchinsky

Former Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the U.N.Rapporteur: Lin Yang

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Conference Chair and Founder, WIT, Dr. Christine Durbak K.

H.E. Mr. Yuriy SergeyevPermanent Representative of the Ukraine to the U.N.


H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Shandra, Minister of Emergencies and Chornobyl Issues of Ukraine

Mrs. Irena Zubcevic, Senior Sustainable Development Officer,UN-DESA, DSD

Mr. Werner Obermeyer, WHO Political Influence on Health PoliciesDr. Andrew Sowder, CHP

No Free Lunch: The Challenge Of Nuclear Waste Electric Power Research Institute

Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Opportunities and Challenges for Global Energy in the 21st Century,

Department of Physics, MIT, Mr. Richard Whiteford, Impact of Politics on Climate Change Policy Certified Presenter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project

Ms. Jessica Williamson, ZapRoot – Moderator

Panel Discussion: Communication with Youth


Elsen VP SustaineLane

Devon Johnson Earth Conservation Corps

Alec Loorz Kids vs Climate Change

Discussion and Questions

LUNCHEON – Delegates Dining Room, 1-3 PM (By Invitation Only)

Speaker: Ms. Laila Conners, President, Treemedia

Host: Ronald DeSilva, Executive Vice-Chair, WIT


Children’s Health Policies

Moderator: Ms. Tania Valerie Raguz, Mission of Croatia to the UN, Vice-Chair, UN Commission on Sustainable Development

Dr. Noel Brown, Friends of the UN, former Director, UNEP

Perspectives on Political Influence on Health and Environmental Policies

Mr. Bertil Lindblad, UNAIDS

Protection, Care and Support for Children Living in a World with AIDS: The Policy Imperative

Dr. Hiram Larew, Agricultural Advisor, OES/ENV, US Department of State

Notes on the U.S. Government’s Participation in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development

Dr. Lilian Corra, ISDE International Secretariat

Chemical Threats to Children’s Health: the Essential Role of the Health Sector in Partnerships

Dr. Scott C. Ratzan, VP Global Health, Government Affairs & Policy, В Johnson & JohnsonGlobal

Health Diplomacy: Advancing Health Literacy for Children

Dr. Ruth Etzel, George Washington University

Pediatric Environmental Health Leadership Institute

Discussion and Questions

Closing Remarks:

H.E. Mr. Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of the Ukraine to the U.N

Dr. Christine Durbak, Chair and Founder, WIT

Conference Room 4, Friday, APRIL 15 & 16, 2009,

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

United Nations Headquarters, New York City


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