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Preview of IAEA Side Events at Next Week's NPT Preparatory Committee Meeting

The first session of the Preparatory Committee Meeting of the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held from 2 May to 12 May 2017 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Every five years, States party to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) meet to review its implementation. Before each review conference, three sessions of preparatory committee meetings (PrepCom) are held. The first session of the PrepCom meeting for the 2020 review conference will convene in Vienna next week.

The IAEA contributes to the implementation of the NPT through its diverse programmatic activities. These activities focus on developing and transferring nuclear technologies for peaceful applications, enhancing nuclear safety and security, and strengthening nuclear verification and non-proliferation efforts worldwide.

Some of these activities will be highlighted at side events which the IAEA will host on the margins of the PrepCom. Below are details of these side events.

The conference, and all of the side events, will take place at the Vienna International Centre.

The IAEA and the SDGs: how nuclear science and technology is contributing to human well-being
Wednesday, 3 May 2017, from 13.45 to 14.45, Board Room A (M-building)

This side event will present an overview of how nuclear science and technology can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will focus on four key areas of the IAEA’s work that addresses several SDGs: health, food and agriculture, industry and nuclear power. It will consist of several brief presentations by IAEA experts and a Q&A session.

21st century safeguards: challenges and opportunities
Thursday, 4 May 2017, from 13.45 to 14.45, Board Room A (M-building)

This side event intends to promote awareness and joint understanding among NPT States Parties of the challenges and opportunities to nuclear non-proliferation and for carrying out the IAEA’s verification mission. Through its safeguards activities the IAEA makes an important contribution towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Following an introductory presentation, there will be a demonstration of some of the new technological products that are helping the IAEA to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its verification activities.

Computer security as a component of a national nuclear security regime
Monday, 8 May 2017, from 13.30 to 14.30, M-plenary

This event will feature potential cyber attacks against nuclear infrastructure for sabotage and for the illegal collection of sensitive information. A video clip that features a hypothetical scenario showing a fictitious malicious actor targeting a nuclear infrastructure will be shown during the event, which aims to raise awareness of cyber threats against nuclear infrastructure and IAEA assistance to Member States in their effort to prevent such attacks.

The IAEA support for human capacity building
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, from 13.30 to 14.30, M-plenary

This side event will introduce the IAEA technical cooperation programme – the Agency’s main vehicle for the transfer of technology and its role in capacity building, the Agency’s various online learning initiatives for health professionals and the Nuclear Law Institute. It will also include a remote and live demonstration of a research reactor experiment. It will consist of an introduction, followed by four short presentations and a Q&A session.

Trends, activities and priorities in nuclear safety
Wednesday, 10 May 2017, from 13.30 to 14.30, M-plenary

This presentation will summarise global trends, IAEA activities and priorities in the area of nuclear safety, reflecting the results of thorough analyses of experiences since the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The presentation will give the audience an understanding of the IAEA’s vast work in six fields - general safety; radiation, transport and waste safety; safety in nuclear installations; emergency preparedness and response; management of the safety and security interface, and civil liability for nuclear damage. The event also features a question-and-answer segment.