First Peer Review Meeting of Parties Set for November in Vienna
IAEA General Conference delegates were briefed 18 September on the status, purpose and benefits of ratifying the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The Convention stands among international safety accords under auspices of the IAEA.
The briefing session is a run-up to the first peer-review meeting of Parties to the Convention, taking place 3-14 November this year. At the review meeting, National Reports of the 32 countries that have ratified the Convention will be critically reviewed. The National Reports address the steps a country has taken towards implementing the Convention’s obligations. The aim is not to expose inadequacies among other Parties, delegates were informed at the briefing but rather to gain knowledge on how to improve safety through sharing experiences - good and bad - among each other.
Review meetings are held every three years. The November meeting will be the first since the Convention entered into force in June 2001. The Convention’s objectives are to: