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General Conference Day 2 Highlights


Opening session of the Scientific Forum. (Photo: F. Nassif/IAEA)

During the plenary session of the General Conference, 45 delegations delivered statements, which are available here.

The 2018 Scientific Forum on Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation opened today. At the two-day event, experts are showcasing how nuclear science and technology help to mitigate, monitor and adapt to climate change. The opening statement of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano highlighted the significant contribution that nuclear technology can make to help address climate change.

The following side events took place on Tuesday:

At the first side event this morning, a panel discussion on Achieving Gender Equality: Leadership in Action focused on the role of informal leadership in achieving gender equality.

The event Faces of Safeguards: The State Declarations Portal – The Efficient Way to Submit Safeguards Reports and Declarations, highlighted the new Modernization of the Safeguards Information Technology (MOSAIC), which provides an online method for State and regional authorities to communicate with the IAEA Department of Safeguards. Information was provided on how the new portal enables State and regional authorities to submit safeguards reports and declarations more efficiently.

The event Improving Safeguards Implementation in Member States – Collaboration within the IAEA and with Member States provided an overview on the IAEA support available to improve the implementation of safeguards, through safeguards advisory service missions (ISSAS). Information was also provided on the Safeguards Traineeship Programme on the State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material that is conducted every two years. The training aims to improve Member States capacity and learn best practices in verification field.

The event, Strengthening Safety in Nuclear Medicine – Accident Prevention focused on increasing benefits, reducing risks and integrating radiation protection in the quality management systems of nuclear medicine departments at hospitals. Delegates received information on how to prevent nuclear medicine accidents and on the IAEA resources available to Member States to strengthen the safety of their nuclear medicine services.

At the event Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Information System, delegates heard a presentation on the IAEA Online Information Resource for Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management.

At the Technical Cooperation (TC): Delivering Results - Together We Can Make a Change in Fighting Cancer speakers from around the world highlighted the impact of IAEA support in providing cancer care. This has included capacity building, technical advice and the procurement of tools and equipment.

During the event Status and Trends Project: Update delegates heard a presentation on the status and trends in spent fuel and radioactive waste management, a collaborative project undertaken by the IAEA, the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency and the European Commission.

Member State activities:

One of the advanced innovative reactor technologies — High Temperature Reactor — ready for near-term commercial deployment was highlighted at the event Strengthening Collaborative Efforts in the High Temperature Reactor (HTRs) Community, organised by Indonesia. This event explored opportunities for and impediments to collaboration in the HTR community.

The event Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA), organised by Cameroon, shared recent achievements in enhancing nuclear and radiation safety in Africa, and adopted a strategic action plan for the upcoming year.

The event Nuclear Analytical Techniques in Forensic Science, illustrated how Portugal is developing and applying nuclear analytical techniques in forensic science in cooperation with the IAEA. It focused on actual cases and success stories where nuclear techniques have been used in different areas of forensics applications namely food safety and health-related issues, crime investigation, cultural heritage artefacts and environmental samples.

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was commemorated today at an event was organized by Venezuela in its capacity as Chair of the Vienna Chapter of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Time Is Now – Remediating Central Asia’s Uranium Legacy Sites event, co-organized by Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, highlighted the coordinated approach to remediation of former uranium mines in Central Asia.

During the event Denials and Delays of Shipments of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials, organised by Brazil, speakers discussed the potential problems that affect the transport of radioactive material which may result in occurrences of delay and denial of shipments.

The event Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR), organized by Tunisia, highlighted the IAEA’s training on regulatory inspection programmes for research reactors, provided a new sample manual for the management of safety reviews, and discussed the activities implemented in cooperation with international partners The ANNuR plenary is hosted by the Arab Atomic Energy Agency, which is based in Tunisia.

The ceremony marking the 30th Anniversary of Cooperation: United States Department of Energy and Japan Atomic Energy Agency on Nuclear Non-proliferation included a brief explanation of the history of cooperation between the US and Japan and messages of congratulation from the US and Japanese Governments. This event was organized by Japan.

The event UAE Peaceful Nuclear Programme: Towards Commissioning of the first Nuclear Power Plant, presented updates of the UAE’s nuclear power programme, and delegates and participants discussed the outlook for the next phase of the programme.

At the French Touch to Nuclear Human Capacity Building event, French experts presented their solution for human capacity building for each phase of nuclear power programme development.

At Argentina’s event Furthering International Cooperation in the Uses of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes, representatives of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) presented the organization’s latest activities including details on the objectives and key issues to be addressed during the joint IFNEC/Nuclear Innovation Clean Energy Future Conference, ‘Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy in an Energy Transitions Context: Innovation and Actions to Advance Clean Nuclear Energy’ scheduled for 13-14 November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Indonesian event Management of Research Reactors for Sustainable Operation: Looking Back to Move Forward, presented the challenges for Member States, especially developing countries, on the operation, management and utilization of research reactors. The side event showcased efforts by Member States to respond to those challenges and discuss how best to move forward with national capacity and the research reactor community

Norway organised the event Lessons Learned from the Third International Symposium on Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Minimization, which informed participants about the discussions and outcomes of the third international symposium on HEU minimization, held in Norway on 5 to 7 June 2018, in cooperation with the IAEA.

The Belarus event Cooperation with Vendors as a Prerequisite to Success for Newcomers highlighted how the cooperation of customers and vendors is planned, implemented and tailored to a power plant project from inception up to the commissioning of the nuclear power plant.

The event China’s Advanced Passive Reactors: Commitment to Building an Inclusive, Clean and Beautiful World featured the latest innovation in advanced passive nuclear power plant developments in China, and the efforts to provide the best solutions for nuclear power technology.

Belgium’s event on the Multi-Purpose Hybrid Research Reactor for High-Tech Applications (MYRRHA): A Cornerstone of the Strategy for Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle highlighted MYRRHA becoming the world’s first high power accelerator driven system. The €1.6 billion project will result in the creation of a large international nuclear research infrastructure.

The event on the US Support of the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) for Nuclear Infrastructure Development discussed US support for the PUI for nuclear infrastructure development and the benefits to Member States of cooperation on issues such as workforce planning and management systems.

Other activities

Country Programme Framework (CPF)

A CPF is the frame of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a Member State and the IAEA and identifies priority areas where the transfer of nuclear technology and technical cooperation resources will be directed to support national development goals.

Zafer Demircan, President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Turkey’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Luis Alberto Echazú Alvarado, Vice-minister of Bolivia’s High Energy Technologies and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Boliva’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Ashot Martirosyan, Chairman of the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Armenia’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

IAEA and Norway

The IAEA and Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology will work together on the use of digital technologies in decommissioning and nuclear knowledge management under an agreement signed by the two parties on the side-lines of the 62nd General Conference.

(Left to right) President of the Institute for Energy Technology Nils Morten Huseby signs the Practical Arrangement with IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy Mikhail Chudakov. (Photo: IAEA)

IAEA and Japan

IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy Mikhail Chudakov and Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the IAEA and other international organizations in Vienna, signed the Terms of Reference for the 4th IAEA Review Mission of Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.


Last update: 20 Sep 2018

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