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

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Within the Nuclear Energy Department, PESS addresses international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development.

Nuclear Power is one of the lowest-carbon technologies available to generate electricity and it can play a significant role in mitigating climate change, says IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano. Please click here to learn more about his two-day visit to France on 26-27 May 2015, where he met government officials and representatives of the nuclear industry to prepare for negotiating a legally binding, universal agreement on climate at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015.

During the 56th IAEA General Conference PESS organized a Side Event on 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 PESS's work programme help Member States implement these calls. This side event provided 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. To learn more about this side event and to view the presentations given, please click here.

The links below connect to summaries, IAEA inputs and general information for key negotiations at international conferences and studies.