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General Conference: Day 4 Highlights


The 64th IAEA General Conference is taking place from 21-25 September 2020. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2020-2021.

Member States’ activities

During the 30th Anniversary: Cooperation between Euratom and JAEA in Nuclear Non-proliferation and Security virtual event, organized jointly by Japan and EURATOM (EC/JRC), attendees were given an overview of  the achievements in research and development on nuclear safeguards and security that have resulted from the cooperation between Euratom and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) over the last three decades.

The virtual event The Role and Responsibilities of FNRBA in Strengthening Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security in the Africa Region, organized by Morocco, provided participants with information on the actions of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA). The FNRBA is an IAEA-supported intergovernmental network made up of 33 African countries, working to enhance, strengthen and harmonize the radiation protection, nuclear safety and security regulatory infrastructure and framework among its members.

At the virtual event Success Stories, Roadblocks, and Opportunities — Sustaining Nuclear Security in the Time of COVID-19, organized by the United States, participants shared experiences and lessons learned about how to sustain critical nuclear security work during this challenging time. Discussions also highlighted measures that have improved resilience and optimized capacity building.  

The US Reactor Technologies — Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges virtual event, also organized by the United States, focused on the ways in which small modular reactors (SMRs) and other innovative reactors  can address countries’ needs for domestically generated, reliable, resilient and clean integrated energy systems for purposes other than only electricity generation.

Participants at the Gender Balance and Cooperation: Towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Post COVID‑19 Era virtual event heard from leaders of international and women’s organizations as well as employers from around the world about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted gender diversity in the workplace  and the role of gender diversity in the nuclear industry’s future. The event was organized by Russia.

Other activities

During the Senior Safety and Security Regulators' Meeting, nuclear safety and security regulators discussed the challenges they faced and addressed in terms of ensuring the continued maintenance of nuclear and radiation safety and security during the COVID-19 lockdown. Representatives from IAEA Member States shared their experience and action plans and explained how they remained ready to intervene in case of a nuclear or radiological emergency.

The final report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Phase 2 mission to nuclear power newcomer, Egypt, was handed over to Ambassador Mohamed El-Molla, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations in Vienna. The 11-day INIR mission took place in November 2019 at the invitation of the Government to review the country’s nuclear infrastructure development and make recommendations and suggestions to help Egypt move the programme forward.


Last update: 24 Sep 2020

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