General Conference Day 2 Highlights

During the plenary session of the General Conference, over 46delegations delivered statements, which are available here.

The 2017 Scientific Forum on Nuclear Techniques in Human Health: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment opened today. At the two-day event, experts and scientists are showcasing how nuclear science and technology help to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivered an opening statement, welcoming participants to the event. He highlighted the huge contribution that nuclear techniques have made to human well-being and saved tens of millions of lives.

King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho also delivered a statement at the opening of the Scientific Forum drawing attention to the importance of nuclear science and technology in the area of human health.

At the first side event this morning, a panel discussion on The Added Value of Gender Parity at the IAEAfocused on how diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in science, and in enabling organizations to perform measurably better. The discussion was moderated by the Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, Mary Alice Hayward.

At this year’s Nuclear Operators Forum: Challenges in Human Resources Management for Sustainable Nuclear Power Generation, participants received an overview on human resources challenges and the response necessary to support the future of nuclear energy, including building and maintaining the workforce, economic challenges and new ways of learning.

The first two of six short presentations by the IAEA Department of Safeguards on different aspects of safeguards implementation were held. Today’s presentation on the Faces of Safeguards focused on the State Declaration Portal and on the Instrument Records Integrator for Safeguards.

The event on Qualified Technical Centres for the Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources provided participants with an update on the qualified technical centres concept for the long-term management of disused sealed radioactive sources.

At theNuclear High Temperature Heat for Industrial Processesevent, the IAEA’s activities in the field of non-electric applications of nuclear power were highlighted. It also showcased demonstration projects planned by Member States.

The event onRecruitment at the IAEA – Assessing Talentprovided an overview of recruitment initiatives focusing on candidate experience and on initiatives planned in the coming period, including talent pipelines.

At the Multi-unit Probabilistic Safety Assessment – Challenges Related to Risk Assessment event, high level representatives, experts and IAEA staff delivered presentations and discussed the risk assessment of multi-unit sites.

At the event Radiation: See, Understand and Protect Yourself, information was delivered on how to measure the radiation dose received from natural sources. Participants also learned about the different types of radiation and how to protect oneself. The presentation also featured information about how the IAEA helps Member States limit the radiation dose.

The eventNuclear Energy Innovation and the Paris Agreement presented roadmaps for nuclear energy innovation linked to nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the global response to climate change. Issues from research and development to regulatory framework and infrastructure to support Member States’ NDC updates from 2020 to 2050 were discussed.

The Decommissioning: Education and Training event highlighted the IAEA’s training activities as well as its collaboration with the European Commission to improve the coordination of training activities in Europe.

The objective of the eventNuclear Security e-Learning: Enhancing States’ Capacity to Strengthen a Global Response to a Global Threatwas to showcase the suite of IAEA nuclear security e-learning modules and to engage a wide range of users in an interactive and hands-on presentation, including a quiz and demonstration of different modules.

Member States side events:

Plasma Treatment of Radioactive Waste – Startup of the Kozloduy NPP Plasma Facility organised by Belgium provided information on plasma technology as a single process solution for treating solid organic and inorganic radioactive and problematic chemical waste, based on the startup of the plasma facility at Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

At the Annual Plenary Meeting of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa organized by Cameroon, representatives of African Member States that have established an operational regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and security met under the auspices of this regional network to plan activities and projects aimed at enhancing nuclear and radiation safety and security in Africa and at improving the governance of the Network.

At the event 20 years of the Ibero-American Forum of Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Agencies (FORO): Enhancing Nuclear and Radiation Safety and Security through Regional and International Cooperation, the achievements in the strengthening of regulatory bodies as a result of the cooperation between FORO and the IAEA and identify possible lines of further collaboration among associations and networks was discussed.

An event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons organized by the Vienna Chapter of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) took place today.

At the event Nuclear in Clean Energy and Mission Innovation Efforts: Building Partnerships for the Future organised by Canada, international partners convened to discuss how nuclear collaboration could be formalized through the mission innovation and clean energy ministerial initiatives.

The event International Peer Review of the SOGIN Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management Programme organised by Italy showcased the results of the Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS). This peer review was requested the Government of Italy. Rome-based SOGIN, the state-owned company responsible for the decommissioning and radioactive waste management programme in Italy, hosted the ARTEMIS mission. In addition, a bust of Enrico Fermi was donated to the IAEA.

A commemorative event organised by Kazakhstan on the Opening of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank Storage Facility in Kazakhstan and IAEA participation in EXPO-2017 took placetoday.

The IAEA Additional Protocol: 20 Years and Beyond event organised byJapan, Australia, France and Sweden marked the 20th anniversary of the Additional Protocol. It highlighted the important contributions of the additional protocol to strengthened safeguards, and aimed to promote understanding by sharing experiences in additional protocol finalization, implementation and efforts for universalization.

The event Nuclear Energy Development in China showcased the latest nuclear energy developments in China and explored opportunities to further strengthen cooperation with the IAEA and other Member States and to contribute to safe and secure nuclear energy development in the world.

At the event New National Centres of Nuclear Science and Technologies with Research Reactors and ICERR Experience, specialists from the Russian Federation provided presentations on current Russian projects for establishing national centres for nuclear science and technologies in developing countries and an overview of activities in IAEA-designated ICERR in Russia.

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