GC-45 Daily Wrap: Friday, 21 September 2001
Statement of Ambassador Tom C. E. Grönberg, of Finland, President of the IAEA General Conference
IAEA Member States Condemn Terrorist Acts, Move to Strengthen Cooperation for Nuclear Security
During the Conference, widespread condolences were expressed to the victims and their families as well as the Government of the United States of America for the terrorist attacks that took place on 11 September 2001 in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The Delegates were unequivocal in their condemnation of these terrorist acts. As called for in UNGA RES 56/1 (2001) and UNSC RES 1368 (2001), the urgent need of working together to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of these terrorist attacks and to hold accountable those responsible for aiding, supporting, or harbouring the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of these acts was supported.
With particular regard to the Agency’s mandate, the Conference expressed its concern about the possible impact of terrorism on the security of nuclear material and other radioactive materials. In this regard, the Conference requested the Director General to review thoroughly the activities and programmes of the Agency with a view to strengthening the Agency work relevant to preventing acts of terrorism involving nuclear materials and other radioactive materials. It further urged all Member States to co-operate fully with the Director General and to support the Agency’s efforts in this regard.
General Conference Concludes
States meeting at the annual conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have backed steps to reinforce the Agency’s three main pillars of work related to nuclear verification, safety, and technology. Read the press release.
Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials
The IAEA General Conference adopted today a resolution that emphasizes the importance of physical protection of nuclear material in preventing its illicit use and the sabotage of nuclear facilities and nuclear materials. Read the press release.
Other Meetings & Side Events at the GC
World Nuclear Association.
The future directions for the World Nuclear Association (WNA) and its new AutoEssay were introduced in a special presentation by John B. Ritch, WNA Director General. "We are for nuclear energy and proud of that", stated Mr. Ritch. The WNA is uniquely placed as a nuclear industry advocacy association to proactively promote the benefits of nuclear power. Through its website and other information activities, the association hopes to broaden the public debate on nuclear issues by "providing the facts and letting them speak for themselves".
The AutoEssay, a web-based multimedia presentation, is a step towards this goal. The 10-12 minute presentation provides factual information relating to nuclear issues in an easy to understand and concise way. It is intended for anyone—students, journalists, business leaders, etc.—interested in learning more about nuclear issues, particularly nuclear power. One novel feature tracks population growth and greenhouse gas emissions during the viewing session. AutoEssay is seen as a work in progress, and WNA plans to introduce language versions in the future.
The AutoEssay can be accessed through the WNA website at www.world-nuclear.org
Throughout the week, delegates and governmental representatives have visited interactive displays on information technology for Technical Cooperation. Displays and demonstrations featured the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation’s TC Web pages, which is open to the general public, and TC-PRIDE, a restricted site for project and national counterparts that has become a valuable managerial and communications tool.