20 Facts About Adi Roche


Adi Patricia Roche was born on 11 July 1955 and is an Irish activist, anti-nuclear advocate, and campaigner for peace, humanitarian aid and education.


Adi Roche founded and is CEO of Chernobyl Children's Project International.


Adi Roche has focused on the relief of suffering experienced by children in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.


Adi Roche was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary in 1955.


Adi Roche left in 1984 to work full-time as a volunteer for the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


Adi Roche devised a Peace Education Programme and delivered it in over fifty schools throughout Ireland.


In 1991, Roche founded the Chernobyl Children International, to provide aid to the children of Belarus, Western Russia and Ukraine following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.


Adi Roche launched an exhibition of the Chernobyl disaster for the 15th Anniversary of the nuclear accident in the UN Headquarters in New York in 2001.


Adi Roche continues to work with the United Nations to highlight the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.


Adi Roche has addressed Ambassadors to the UN General Assembly, the UNESCO conference on Chernobyl, and the Manchester International Peace Festival.


Adi Roche has provided advice and suggestions to the UN Needs Assessment Mission and has made several submissions on how NGOs could best be helped in their attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the most affected areas in Belarus, Ukraine and western Russia.


Adi Roche was appointed to represent NGOs on the Steering Committee of the ICRIN.


Adi Roche was invited by the UNDP to sit on their organising committee, and act as the keynote speaker at the International Chernobyl Conference which was held in Minsk in April 2006.


On 26 April 2016, the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Adi Roche made a landmark address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


Adi Roche was awarded the European Woman Laureate Award following the release of the documentary film 'Black Wind, White Land' which highlighted the Chernobyl children's suffering.


In 2001, Adi Roche was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree by the University of Alberta, Canada.


In 2010, Adi Roche received the World of Children Health Award.


In 2015, Adi Roche was named a World of Children Alumni Award Honoree, for the "incredible impact she continues to have in the lives of the children of the Chernobyl region".


Also in 2015, Adi Roche won the Princess Grace Humanitarian Award.


Adi Roche stood for the office of President of Ireland as a coalition candidate for the Labour Party, Democratic Left and the Green Party at the 1997 presidential election.