|In preparation for the 2015 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the States Parties to the Treaty meet in Vienna for a the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) Conference held from 30 April – 11 May 2012.
During the conference, the Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) will participate in two side events, on climate-smart agriculture through the use of nuclear techniques, and on newcomer nuclear power countries. These two areas demonstrate the breadth of support available to Member States, and are particularly cross-cutting in nature. Nuclear science and technology can support climate smart agriculture by supporting soil and water conservation, the development of improved crop varieties and better environmental monitoring. Newcomers to nuclear power must be supported in a whole range of fields, including energy planning, capacity building, environmental monitoring, safety and security, legal issues, waste, transportation, emergency response and decommissioning.
Together with technical departments, the TC Department will exhibit success stories in related topics and present technical cooperation activities, as well as examples of fruitful cooperation with Member States to a wide audience of conference participants.
The IAEA’s technical cooperation activities are mandated by the Article IV of the NPT. Article IV of the NPT affirms the inalienable right of all Parties to the NPT to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination, and to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
According to this mandate, as well as in accordance with Article II of the Agency’s Statute, the IAEA provides technical assistance and cooperation to its Member States with the aim to “accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.”