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IAEA General Conference
45th Regular Session
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World Nuclear Association
Presentation of a new feature on the World Nuclear Association web site
21 September 2001
Room C, Austria Centre
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GC-45 Daily Wrap: Thursday, 20 September 2001
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Nuclear’s Next Generation: INPRO Project Moving Ahead
While it may be too early to tell how nuclear power’s future will unfold, some points are clear: the world will need much more electricity to fuel social and economic development -- and cleaner energy technologies to produce it. Tomorrow’s nuclear plants are being designed with new features attracting interest in many countries and stimulating international cooperation through projects and forums for research and development.

Mr. MourogovOne joint effort is the IAEA’s International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), whose progress and plans were reviewed today at a presentation organized by the Department of Nuclear Energy, headed by Deputy Director General Victor Mourogov. The briefings included updates of work by senior IAEA staff and members of the INPRO International Coordinating Group. Project members include Argentina, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, and the European Commission. There are currently around 25 innovative reactor and fuel cycle designs in various stages of development around the world. See the IAEA Bulletin, and INPRO’s Web page on the WorldAtom site, for an overview of the project. Watch a video clip.
Safeguards Agreements
At a signing ceremony today, Nigeria and the IAEA signed the Additional Protocol to the country’s safeguards agreement with the Agency. Signing the Protocol were Nigeria’s Mr. Rilwanu Lukman, Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy Matters, and IAEA Director General ElBaradei. See the status report for a list of the other 56 States that have signed Additional Protocols.
General Debate
plenaryStatements from delegations were made during the morning session of the General Debate, which concluded today and the Conference moved to other items on the adopted agenda. Statements were made by Greece, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Ecuador, Portugal, Albania, Latvia, Mongolia, Cameroon, Sweden, Angola, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Israel, and the Argentine-Brazilian Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Material (ABACC).
Other Meetings & Side Events at the GC
Technical Cooperation. Groups and representatives engaged in IAEA technical cooperation activities met to review programmes and plans. Regional cooperation includes IAEA Technical Cooperation programmes and nuclear cooperation among European countries and through agreements in Africa (AFRA), Latin America (ARCAL), and Asia and the Pacific (RCA) regions.

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.


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