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IAEA’s Grossi at COP 25: Strengthening Ties for Climate Action


IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25). (Photo: J. Donovan/IAEA)

Madrid, Spain—IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, speaking after a meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said they both recognized that nuclear energy is part of the solution to the climate crisis and the IAEA plays a key role in supporting countries in its safe and secure use.

Wrapping up two days in Madrid at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), Mr Grossi said his talks with the Secretary-General were part of a broader effort to strengthen the Agency’s ties with international partners in support of climate action.

“We came here with a clear message from the IAEA: nuclear energy is part of the solution to the climate change crisis,” Mr Grossi said. “As it is said here, it is #timeforaction,” he added, referring to COP25’s social media hashtag.

Mr Grossi made COP 25 the destination of his first official trip after taking the Agency’s helm last week. He also held talks with the heads of several international organizations including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He also spoke with Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which organized the meeting.

Yesterday, Mr Grossi delivered remarks at United Nations side event on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) , which is about ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy. “We should not see nuclear energy and renewables as being in competition with one another,” he said. “We need to make use of all available sources of clean energy.”

The world is currently well off the mark from reaching the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. With around two-thirds of the world’s electricity still generated through burning fossil fuels, global emissions of greenhouse gases reached a record high last year.

“Nuclear energy is playing, and will continue to play, a role in mitigating the effects of the problems we are seeing around the world,” Mr Grossi said. “The visit here allowed me to meet with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the heads from other international organizations, with whom we are strengthening our existing ties and planning to do more.”

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