Nuclear Energy Events at the 56th General Conference
1. Nuclear Energy for Energy Security
Energy is a key condition of development. In a context of rampant oil crisis and growing demand, particularly in developing countries, nuclear energy may have a crucial role to play in the 21st Century as a main base-load and low carbon source of electricity. This side event will discuss energy policy issues and conditions for the sustainable development for nuclear power, with exchanges between newcomers or experienced Member States. It will also showcase the department of Nuclear Energy’s work across cross-cutting issues for the benefit of Member States. The side event will take place on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Library, Room F0146, F building, 1st floor.
2. Responsible Uranium Mining Forum
The side event, conducted as a panel discussion with IAEA and Member State panellists, will provide industry, government and regulator perspectives on some of the challenges which lie ahead for the uranium production sector, including the prospects for bringing new mines into production in order to meet the demand of the markets in the short and long term. The event will take place on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in MOE79.
3. 2nd Nuclear Operating Organization Cooperation Forum
The 2nd Nuclear Operating Organization Cooperation Forum will identify and share, from the owner-operator’s perspective, recent experiences, relevant factors and approaches influencing safety and performance improvements as well as long-term strategies emerging after the Fukushima accident. This forum is part of the implementation of the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. The forum will be held on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Library, Room F0146, F building, 1st floor .
4. Enhancing Global Nuclear Energy Sustainability: Briefing on INPRO
This event, conducted as a panel discussion with IAEA and Member State panellists, will brief GC delegates about new INPRO activities implemented in the 2012-2013 INPRO Action Plan, and programme planning for the next biennium (2014-2015). In particular, the areas of global nuclear energy scenarios and long-range nuclear energy strategies will be discussed. Member States’ representatives will also highlight national perspectives, their involvement in, and benefits from INPRO activities in relation to national efforts for developing sustainable nuclear energy systems. The event, preceded by refreshments, will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Meeting Room M4, M building, ground floor.
5. Integrated Approaches in Nuclear Workforce Development
At this side event, universities and other educational institutes in Member States will share their experiences in international networking and collaboration, integration and outreach. The event should be of particular interest to ‘newcomer’ countries. The event will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Meeting Room M4, M building, ground floor.
6. Role and Challenges of Future Owner/Operators in Embarking Countries on Nuclear Power
During this side event, future owner/operators will present how to prepare for the first NPP, focusing on the commitment to safety, capacity building and cooperation with vendor countries. The various stages of nuclear power programmes will be covered, e.g. licensing and construction as well as interaction with Government and vendors. Strengthening the capability of operators and IAEA support to capacity building of operators will also be addressed. The side event will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the ACV, Hall E2.
7. Global Constraints to Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation
This event, a continuation of a similar event that took place in 2011, will help assess the causes that delay the implementation of decommissioning and environmental remediation projects worldwide and the potential solutions. The event, preceded by refreshments, will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Meeting Room M4, M building, ground floor.
8. Round table for Capacity Building for Nuclear Safety
This side event will seek Member States’ advice and feedback on the Agency’s capacity building concept and activities developed to support the nuclear safety action plan (NSAP). The event will also encourage Member States to conduct self-evaluation of their capacity building activities for nuclear safety. This will help the Agency to better target its future capacity building activities for nuclear safety to help fill existing gaps in Member States. The side event will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the ACV, Hall E2.
9. Sustainable Energy Development after Rio+20: PESS support to Member States
The critical role energy plays in the development process is recognized in the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which emphasizes the importance of access to modern energy services for all from a mix including renewable sources, other low-emission and advanced technologies. Activities in the Planning and Economic Studies Section’s work programme help Member States implementing these calls. This side event provides an overview of recently achieved milestones and new initiatives in energy planning tools and capacity building as well as in energy-economy-environment analysis in sustainable energy development. The event will take place on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Meeting Room M4, M building, ground floor.
10. European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) Award Ceremony
The Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, together with representatives of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN), will present EMSNE certificates to 24 laureates. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 20 September 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in MO2 Foyer, M building.
11. Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future
This side event will apprise Member States about the IAEA’s presence at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the outcome of the conference and the IAEA’s contribution to sustainable development. The event will be held on Thursday 20 September 2012, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Meeting Room M4, M building, ground floor.