IAEA Member States Discuss Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technologies

Published: September 18, 2018; 17:32 · (Vindobona)

Representatives from the IAEA’s Member States, including at ministerial level and above, are convening at the 62nd IAEA General Conference in Vienna this week to discuss key elements of the Agency’s priorities in its work on the peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

Throughout the General Conference, many side events are showcasing cutting-edge work using nuclear techniques / Picture: © IAEA

At the conference delegates are considering a range of issues from strengthening the Agency’s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications, to improving the efficiency of IAEA safeguards and growing international cooperation in nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety.

Delegates are also discussing the IAEA’s Annual Report for 2017, its Financial Statements for 2017 and its Programme and Budget Update for 2019.

Reports prepared by the IAEA Secretariat and approved by the Board of Governors for discussion include the Nuclear Safety Review 2018, the Nuclear Technology Review 2018 and the Technical Cooperation Report for 2017.

Scientific Forum on nuclear technology for climate

During the week, a two-day Scientific Forum is taking place bringing together leading experts, government representatives and academics from 21 countries to discuss the role nuclear science can play in mitigating, monitoring and adapting to climate change.

Titled Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation, the Forum addresses topics such as the role of nuclear power in limiting greenhouse gas emissions and the competitiveness of nuclear power, how nuclear techniques are advancing the understanding of climate change and its impact on oceans and agriculture, and the role that nuclear science plays in helping countries adapt to the consequences of climate change, for example through breeding more resilient crops, addressing risks to food safety and fighting insect pests and animal diseases.

Side events showcasing the work of the IAEA and its Member States

Throughout the General Conference, 77 side events are showcasing cutting-edge work using nuclear techniques at the IAEA and in Member States, highlighting activities and special programmes.

Tours showcasing the Agency’s Individual Monitoring Service Laboratories, the Incident and Emergency Centre, the Isotope Hydrology Laboratory and the Safeguards Equipment facilities also are on offer, and interested delegates can register for tours of the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory and the Nuclear Applications Laboratory in Seibersdorf.