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Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

14th Session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties / 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol: CoP-14 / MoP-4 (1-12 December 2008)

CoP-14 logo

The 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (CoP-14) in Poznan, Poland, was the fourth to take place after entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and thus also served as the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MoP-4).

CCNP 2008 Brochure

The brochure Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2008, which was distributed at CoP-14, was a success. This booklet summarizes nuclear power’s potential role in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other development and environment challenges, as well as its current status, including the issues of cost, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. To read the booklet please click here.

CoP-14 saw more pro-nuclear side events than any CoP before.

IAEA SIDE EVENT ON NUCLEAR ENERGY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND IAEA ASSISTANCE TO INTERESTED MEMBER STATES


The IAEA hosted a side event on "Nuclear Energy, Climate Change and IAEA Assistance to Interested Member States". About 50 persons attended this side event. The event was taped and broadcast by the UN Climate Change Conference Webcast. The following presentations were given:

IAEA SPECIAL SIDE EVENT ON NUCLEAR POWER AND CLIMATE CHANGE


Taking advantage of the CoP meeting venue and partly compensating for the short IAEA side event, a special event was organized jointly with the Polish National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA), and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) at the Conference Centre of the Poznan Technical University. Under the title "Nuclear Power and Climate Change", the special event was chaired by H-Holger Rogner (Former Head-PESS) and included the following presentations:

About 120 students and faculty attended the event. At the end of the session, attendees asked many questions about nuclear power, climate change and energy security both in general and specifically about the prospects in Poland. The side event was followed by a reception co-hosted by the IAEA and PAA.

PRESENTATIONS GIVEN AT OTHER SIDE EVENTS


Upon invitation of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) which as a NGO had been allocated a full side event slot, H-Holger Rogner gave a presentation at the WNA side event on "Mitigating Climate Change: IAEA assistance to interested Member States". The event featured only two presentations – the second presenter was Janice Dunn Lee, DDG of NEA/OECD which provided the opportunity to make full length presentations on the role of nuclear power in mitigating climate change.

At the request of the Polish Institute for International Affairs (PISM), Ferenc Toth gave a presentation at the side event on “Energy Security and Climate Change” entitled: "The Double Challenge of Energy Security and Climate Change: Can Nuclear Power Help?".