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International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

26–28 October 2022, Washington D.C., USA

Ministerial Nuclear Power Conference 2022

Background

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing the fifth International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in Washington, D.C., United States, from 26 to 28 October 2022, following the conferences held in Paris (2005), Beijing (2009), St. Petersburg (2013) and Abu Dhabi (2017).

A growing number of countries see nuclear power playing an essential role in contributing to sustainable development and the mitigation of climate change. Some 440 nuclear power reactors, operating in 32 countries, provide about 390 gigawatts of nuclear power generating capacity. They produce over a quarter of the world’s low carbon electricity. About 50 additional countries have expressed interest in the introduction of nuclear power.

The conference is organized in partnership with the International Energy Agency and in cooperation with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. It is hosted by the Government of the United States of America through the Department of Energy.

Objectives

The conference will provide a forum for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and experts to engage in high-level dialogue on the role of nuclear energy in the transition to clean energy sources, and its contribution to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. Participants will discuss and exchange views on the key issues related to the development and deployment of nuclear energy, including the reliability and flexibility of the nuclear industry during the COVID-19 global crisis and its contribution to economic recovery efforts amid the ongoing global pandemic.

Topics

  • Fulfilling the Promise: Achieving Net Zero with Low Carbon Nuclear Energy

    This session will discuss key national drivers for shaping policy support and unlocking the full potential of nuclear energy on the road to clean energy transition. This includes acknowleding nuclear energy’s contribution to the decarbonization of non‑electrical sectors, and tackling the challenge of future deployment and continued operation of nuclear power plants.
     
  • Enabling Environments: Creating the Conditions for Wider Deployment of Nuclear Energy

    This session will focus on the establishment of an enabling environment for the safe, secure, and sustainable use of nuclear energy, the role of government in setting up nuclear power programmes and legal frameworks, and the importance of effective stakeholder engagement in the development and expansion of these programmes.
     
  • Strengthening the Fleet: Extending and Expanding the Clean Energy Contribution of Existing Nuclear Power Plants

    This session will focus on the role of operating nuclear power plants in coping with current economic, political and market conditions and efforts to foster informed, data-driven decision-making by ensuring broad awareness of nuclear power as a reliable, low emission, non-polluting source of energy.
     
  • Charting the Course: Pursuing Early Deployment of Advanced Reactor and Waste Management Technologies

    Looking at technical, regulatory, societal and economic aspects, this session will discuss the technology maturity and market readiness for near-term, deployable, advanced reactors. It will also discuss related fuel cycles; from fuel engineering to spent fuel and radioactive waste management, roadmaps for their deployment, and their integration in hybrid energy systems.
     
  • Enhancing Confidence: Effective Regulatory Oversight for the Future of Nuclear Energy

    This session will focus on global and national efforts to meet expectations for a harmonized and effective regulatory regime enabling safe deployment and utilization of nuclear energy, protecting people and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation.  

Key Deadlines

  • 15 July 2022:  Pre-registration by participants through the InTouch+ platform under EVT2001736 to faciliate applications for financial support and provisions of visa support letters (Submission of Form C together with Form A) 
  • 18 July - 19 October 2022: Registration of delegations lists by Permanent Missions through the InTouch+ platform under EVT2201785 (visa support letters will be issued upon request)

US Visa Application

All participants representing foreign governments must apply for a diplomatic visa to attend the Ministerial.  Representatives of international organizations must apply for an official visa to attend.  Participants from the private sector or non-governmental organizations who are not U.S. citizens must apply for a Nonimmigrant B-1 Business Visa ​or Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Please review the latest visa regulations on the US Embassy/Consulate Website for your country of residence.  You will find all official US Embassies and Consulates on this website. Approval of your visa may require additional administrative processing, which could take several weeks from the time of your interview.  In order to meet the proposed arrival date, it is recommended you apply for your visa as soon as possible.

Conference App

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the App Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.

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