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General Conference Day 3 Highlights


During the plenary session of the General Conference, 46 delegations delivered statements, which are available here.

The 2017 Scientific Forum on Nuclear Techniques in Human Health: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment concluded today with a wrap up session that covered the salient features of the two-day event.

The following side events took place on Wednesday:

The roundtable discussion on Climate Proofing Rice Production Systems (CRiPS): How the IAEA is Working in Climate Change Adaptation showcased the impact of work done with the support of IAEA and the FAO to develop new rice varieties tolerant of changing climate conditions in Asia and the Pacific. Experts from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Viet Nam shared their experience.

The fourth plenary meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network Plenary – Capacity Building and International School of Leadership for Safety highlighted that strong leadership and capacity building are key to nuclear safety. Delegates learned about a new IAEA course on leadership for safety that aims to help early- to mid-career nuclear and radiation professionals advance their safety leadership skills. They also discussed the importance of strong leadership for efficient internal and external communication in nuclear organizations, among other topics.

The 2017 ConvEx-3 Exercise: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response during the IAEA’s Largest International Emergency Exercise event gave an insight into the preparations, conduct and outcomes of the large-scale ConvEx-3 exercise held in June 2017. It involved over 80 Member States and 11 international organizations. Representatives from Hungary, which developed the emergency exercise scenario, described their national response activities while the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre presented some of the immediate lessons learned regarding international response arrangements.

The event Future of Nuclear Energy: Engaging the Young Generation presented the IAEA’s programmes for the education and training of a new generation of nuclear professionals that included approaches to capacity building and the development of a skilled workforce. It also featured the annual European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) award ceremony.

Today’s presentation to delegates during the event Faces of Safeguards focused on the introduction to the electronic Verification Package (eVP), one of six presentations on the IAEA’s safeguards work. The eVP consolidates into a single application activities associated with in-field verification, including planning, reporting and review. Bringing all of these elements together in one digital place, also referred to as the “Inspectors’ App” removes the need for hundreds of thousands of paper documents each year.

Member States side events:

At the event Nuclear Knowledge Management and International Project on Transfer Knowledge to Next Generations, organized by the Russian Federation, representatives of IUVNEI (International Union of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry) and representatives of INYC (International Nuclear Youth Congress) discussed the aspects of transfer of nuclear knowledge. In particular, the event highlighted the use of multilingual INIS thesaurus, participation of experts in estimation of nuclear projects in Kazakhstan, and the history of uranium fuel fabrication and production.

The event Applying Small Modular Reactor Technology: ‘’More than just a User’’ organized by Indonesia focused on prospects and challenges for a country that wants greater involvement in the research and development of small modular reactor technology, and the role of cooperation including on regulatory and fuel cycle aspects.

Presentations were made by several Member States on supporting nuclear power development at the event Friends of Nuclear Energy on Supporting Nuclear Power Development, organised by France.

Recent activities under the auspices of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) was highlighted at the IFNEC Open Informal Meeting organised by Argentina and provided opportunity for discussion.

The event Towards the International Symposium on Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Minimization in Oslo in June 2018, organised by Norway, provided information on  symposium, including details on the new advances in research reactor conversion, HEU removal and disposal, and isotope production.

The event Managing the Nuclear Clock from Emergency to Future Generations: French Views for Nuclear Programmes presented stories and innovative visions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Topics covered included digital revolution, addressing an emergency situation, ageing of reactors and dismantling.

The event Effective Partnerships for Nuclear Safety and Security in the Arab Region organised by Tunisia presented the status of The Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators’ (ANNuR) activities and plans as well as of the support provided by its partners. ANNuR is a regional safety network which was established in 2010 to strengthen and harmonize the regulatory infrastructure in Arab countries as well as to exchange regulatory knowledge and experience with other international and regional networks under the IAEA Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network.

The event Italy’s Contribution to International Projects on Innovative Nuclear Technologies presented the Italian experience in managing a framework of public and private partners in support of ongoing international projects regarding innovative nuclear reactors and fusion energy.

The event Report on Policies, Technology Options and the Future of Nuclear Power by the Chinese and French Academies, organized by China and France, presented a joint report by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Technologies of France and the French Academy of Sciences on policies and technology options for nuclear power as part of a future energy mix.

The event Tehran Research Reactor: Fault Detection, Inspection, Repairing and Testing, organised by Iran, presented the actions that were taken at Tehran’s Research Reactor to repair the stainless steel liner that failed in 2016, resulting in leakage. These included safety analysis of processes and activities; supply of resources; preparation of the working conditions; identification of imperfections and repair of the steel liner; returning the reactor to its normal operating conditions.

Other activities:

IAEA and Australia

Practical Arrangements, a cooperative agreement, was signed between the IAEA and Austin Health located in Victoria, Australia. The main objective of these Practical Arrangements is to set forth the framework for cooperation in the area of capacity building for IAEA Curricula for Nuclear Medicine Professionals (ICNMP). Collaboration in the training of nuclear medicine professionals under ICNMP, organization of meetings and workshops on clinical nuclear medicine practice and related research are among the focus areas of this agreement. In addition, an important part of these arrangements is the collaboration in supporting ICNMP in the development and implementation of curricula, academic programmes and operational strategies, concerning the operation and utilization of ICNMP.

IAEA and Argentina

Representatives of the IAEA and Argentina’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority discussed the progress made so far under Practical Arrangements signed in 2015 on cooperation in the area of radiation safety and monitoring.

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.

Director General, Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority Gyula Fichtinger and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Hungary’s Country Programme Framework for the period of 2017–2022.

Ambassador Taonga Mushayavanhu, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Zimbabwe’s Country Programme Framework for the period of 2017–2021.

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Last update: 21 Sep 2017


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