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General Conference Day 3 Highlights

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Panel members at the fifth plenary meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network. (Photo: Y. Yustantiana/IAEA)

During the plenary session of the General Conference, 48 delegations delivered statements, which are available here.

The 2018 Scientific Forum on Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation concluded today with a wrap up session that covered the salient features of the two-day event. See this video recapping the event.

The following side events took place on Wednesday:

At the event Female Cancers and the Role of Radiation Medicine in Diagnosis and Treatment, delegates learned about the use of radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer in women, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

At the event Nuclear Operators’ Forum: Challenges for Member States Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes, delegates shared and discuss current and future challenges related to the expansion of their nuclear power programmes.

The panel discussion at the event on Fusion Energy in the 21st Century: Status and the Way Forward focused on the most recent advances in fusion research and technology and discussed the challenges and the current status of harnessing nuclear fusion based energy.

During the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network event, participants learned about the importance of the interface between safety and security and the latest developments in the safety and security of small modular reactors.

The event Presenting the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute: How it Benefits Member States showcased the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute’s (INI) efforts to promote long-term sustainability of nuclear power programmes and infrastructure and featured the experiences of some INI alumni.

At the event, Addressing the Burden of Infectious Diseases with Nuclear Techniques, experts reviewed the role of nuclear medicine in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and the ways in which the IAEA can support Member States in building capacities to diagnose these diseases.

At the event, Preparing the Next Generation of the Nuclear Workforce: Sharing, Sustaining and Developing Knowledge, delegates discussed the strategies for knowledge transfer from nuclear industry veterans to young professionals, and featured the European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering award ceremony of the European Nuclear Education Network Association.

During the event, Faces of Safeguards: Introducing Robotics Technology for Future Safeguards Verification Activities, delegates heard about innovative ideas on how robotics could contribute to nuclear safeguards and verification.

A panel discussion by four African women at the event Inspiring Women Working in Nuclear Science and Technology in IAEA Member States and Contributing to the Development in Their Countries highlighted how these women are raising awareness of the need to include more women in nuclear science and technology in African Member States.

At the event IAEA Assistance to Member States in Line with the INSAG-27 Report on Institutional Strength in Depth, delegates discussed how to strengthen institutions contributing to nuclear safety.

The event IAEA Support for Member States Embarking on Nuclear Power: 10 Years of the Milestones Approach and INIR Missions – Lessons Learned, marked a decade of integrated IAEA support for nuclear power infrastructure development to countries that have decided or are planning to include nuclear power to meet their energy needs.

At the event Innovative Solutions for the Effective Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources, delegates learned about different technologies available for the safe and secure management of DSRSs.

Member States side events:

At the event on Safety Culture Forum, Sweden provided an opportunity for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority to explain why they chose to participate in a first-of-its-kind safety culture forum, and delegates learned about the successful outcomes.

During the United States of America’s event Friends of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), Member Countries shared information and experience concerning the Convention with each other and other interested countries to encourage more countries to consider CSC membership.

At the Contribution to Capacity Building in Africa event, speakers from Morocco shared their experience in human resource development in nuclear technology as applied to socioeconomic sectors (human health, food and agriculture, water and environment).

At the Prospects and Challenges of Uranium Production in Brazil: A Commitment to Nuclear Safety event, Brazil’s representatives presented the activities developed by the nuclear fuel cycle facilities with particular focus on the prospects and challenges related to the uranium production, taking into account stakeholders’ involvement and the commitment to nuclear safety.

At the United States' Perspective on the Direction of Nuclear Energy Technology Development and Deployment event, government and industry speakers reviewed the latest developments in US nuclear energy technologies and capabilities to support other countries’ nuclear development.

At the United Kingdom’s event on the Challenges and Opportunities of Modular Reactors, UK policy makers, regulators and industry shared their experience regarding financing, manufacturing and regulatory challenges and opportunities related to modular reactors.

At the Third Meeting of the Plenary of the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN), organised by South Korea, participants shared the achievements of ANSN with member countries and related regional networks, and sought ways to further the development of ANSN.

At the Chilean event, Ibero-American Forum of Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Agencies (FORO): Enhancing nuclear and radiation safety in Ibero-America, delegates heard about the achievements in the strengthening of regulatory bodies as a result of the FORO–IAEA cooperation, and also received information on the identified areas of further collaboration among regional associations and networks.

The Chinese event on the Yanlong District Heating Reactor (DHR-400): Marking a New Step in Nuclear Energy Heating Technology highlighted DHR-400 thermal applications that include regional heating, air conditioning and seawater desalination, and that it can also be used for neutron analysis and isotopic production.

The French event on Actors on the French Nuclear Scene: A New Landscape presented the new French nuclear energy landscape and its interactions at both the national and international levels.

The Russian event on the International Collaboration for Establishing New Nuclear Research and Development Programmes in Partner Countries focused on collaboration for establishing nuclear science and technology development programmes, and included international scientific partnerships that enable countries to share experience in nuclear science and technology through international user centres and Russian science institutions.

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.

Latchesar Kostov, Chairman of the Bulgaria Nuclear Regulatory Agency, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Bulgaria’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Lotfi Bouchaara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the IAEA and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Morocco’s  Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

 Evariste Heva Muakasa, Minister of Scientific Research and Technology of DR Congo, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed DR Congo’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2022.

 Mahbubul Hoq, Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Bangladesh’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

 Simon Pesco Mallam, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Nigeria’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Other activities

IAEA and Algerian Atomic Energy Commission

Merzak Remki, Commissioner, Algerian Atomic Energy Commission and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed  practical arrangements on 19 September that focuses on enhancing technical cooperation among developing countries.

(Photo: C. Karle/IAEA)

IAEA and Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority

Atef A. Abdelfattah Elkadime, Chairman, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed practical arrangements on 19 September that sets forth the framework for enhancing technical cooperation among developing countries through collaboration at the operational level with AFRA Regional Designated Centres, and relevant national institutions/laboratories.

(Photo: C. Karle/IAEA)

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Last update: 24 Sep 2018

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