IAEA to Brief Media Ahead of Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in Saint Petersburg


IAEA nuclear energy specialist, Anne Starz, will brief members of the media on 18 June at 14:30 to provide context and background information ahead of the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, to be held from 27 to 29 June 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. Ms. Starz heads the IAEA's Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group and is the lead Scientific Secretary of the Conference.

The Conference is a forum for Ministers and high-level policy-makers to discuss and take stock of the future of nuclear power and its contributions to sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and in meeting the growing world energy demand. The status and prospects of nuclear power, the importance of nuclear safety and security and national developments will also be in focus. Innovations and new technologies will also be discussed in the context of the development of nuclear power.

The advance briefing will be held in Room B0438 in the B-Building of the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation to request it at UNIS Vienna. All others must seek accreditation by contacting the IAEA Press Office; tel: [+43-1] 2600-21279 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.

Journalists may also monitor the briefing with live video streaming available online from 14:30 (no login needed).

The Ministerial Conference is organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency and hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation. It will feature a plenary session where national statements will be delivered and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Energy and the Environment;
  • Nuclear Safety and Reliability Through International Cooperation;
  • Infrastructure, Technology and Institutional Developments - The Way Forward; and
  • Drivers for Deployment of Sustainable and Innovative Technology.

Speakers at the opening session include IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, Rosatom Director General and Conference President, Sergey Kirienko, and OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria.

The Conference hashtag on Twitter is #iaeaNP21C.

Previous IAEA Ministerial Conferences on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century were held 2005 in Paris and 2009 in Beijing.

More information about the conference is available here.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. Others should contact Jayne Stringer for accreditation. Or call [43-1] 2600-21279 / [43-1] 2600-21273.

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Last update: 12 September 2014