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General Conference Day 4 Highlights

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Member States exhibition stands at the IAEA 62nd General Conference. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

During the plenary session of the General Conference, 15 delegations delivered statements, which are available here. Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2018-2020.

The following side events took place on Thursday:

At the event Faces of Safeguards: The Integrated Safeguards Environment (ISE) Portal - the Modernization of the Safeguards Information Technology (MOSAIC) - Developed One-Stop Shop for Safeguards, delegates heard about the SIRIUS project that brings together Safeguards information in a single portal. They received information on how this portal is supporting IAEA Safeguards staff to perform activities, evaluate results and establish findings.

During the Recruitment at the IAEA – Strengthening Outreach and Partnerships to Attract Talent event, the Division of Human Resources informed delegates about the IAEA’s efforts to increase the number of qualified applicants and to promote geographical distribution and diversity in the Agency’s workforce.

Delegates learned about the new World Distribution of Uranium Deposits (UDEPO) database during the UDEPO Map event.

At the event Non-Destructive Testing: Methods and Techniques for Civil Structures in Pre- and Post-Management of Natural Disasters, participants learned how nuclear techniques have proved to be valuable in identifying structural weaknesses in the aftermath of natural disasters.

At the IAEA CONNECT, E-tools, Wikis event, delegates heard about the relevance of this platform to promote capacity-building and facilitate collaboration in the nuclear sector. The intended audience of these networks are professionals in specific areas, such as implementers, operators, regulators and Member States representatives to the IAEA.

Delegates received a presentation about review missions at the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review for Research Reactors event.

The Faces of Safeguards: Evolution of Non-Destructive Assay for Safeguards Verification Activities event focused on how non-destructive assay techniques are benefitting from operational and technological progress, including remote operability of some devices.

During the event Sustaining a National Nuclear Security Regime: How to Maintain Effectiveness Over Time, delegates heard how the IAEA support and resources can help States ensure that their nuclear security regimes remain sustainable over time.

Delegates received a presentation at the event on the Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) focusing on the benefits of this programme and heard feedback from representatives of some countries that conduct experiments through IRL.

Member States’ side events:

At the Indonesian event on Strengthening the Livestock Value Chain for Smallholder Communities delegates heard from two small scale farmers who are benefitting from the IAEA programme in livestock production using nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques.

Two farmers (center) at the Indonesian side event during the IAEA General Conference. (Photo: Y. Yustantiana/IAEA)

At the Russian event International collaboration in capacity building: HR Solution for safe and sustainable development, participants received information on the collaboration for the development of competencies in countries embarking on or expanding their nuclear power programme by exchanging best practices and among recipients of nuclear technologies and vendors, national regulators, operators and others.

At the Iranian event Some recent advances in nuclear technology at the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, delegates heard about progress in education and training, human health, agriculture, plasma physics instrumentation and control.

During the United Arab Emirates’ Nuclear Power: The Way Forward and Young Professionals event, delegates were given an overview of the role of the younger generation in leading innovation in nuclear power, and on how organizations are attracting, retaining and developing a high-quality workforce for generations to come.

Participants at the UAE side event at the IAEA General Conference. (Photo: D. Smith/IAEA)

At the event Progressing towards the Sustainable Development Goals with nuclear energy, the Friends of Nuclear Energy presented various ways in which nuclear energy can contribute to meeting the sustainable development goals.

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.

Susana Petrick, President of the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Peru’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Anastassios Yiannaki, Director of Cyprus’s Department of Labour Inspection and Head of Radiation Inspection and Control Service, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Cyprus’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

Shumete G. Woldeamanuel, State Minister of  Ethiopia’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Ethiopia’s Country Programme Framework for the period 2018 to 2023.

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Last update: 21 Sep 2018

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