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Action 7 - International Legal Framework

"Improve the effectiveness of the international legal framework"

 

Activities

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(Activity) Parties to consider Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) effectiveness at the extraordinary meeting (EM). Completed
Several Contracting Parties to the CNS (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the USA) have submitted proposals to enhance the effectiveness of the Convention. At the request of the Presidency of the Extraordinary Meeting and in order to facilitate the Contracting Parties review of these proposals at the Extraordinary Meeting to be held in August 2012, the Secretariat convened two meetings with the aforementioned Contracting Parties in order to prepare draft documents that reflect the proposals for modifying the CNS procedures and guidance documents (INFCIRCs 571, 572 and 573). Completed
(Activity) Parties to consider formal proposal(s) to amend the CNS to be discussed at the EM and subsequently at the Organizational Meeting. Completed
Formal proposals to amend the CNS were submitted by the Russian Federation, Spain and Switzerland, and subsequently circulated to all Contracting Parties on 2 August 2011, 17 May 2012 and 10 May 2012 respectively. They were also to the extent possible reflected in the revised INFCIRC documents and will be discussed at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety in August 2012. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to assist in this regard. In progress
The Secretariat is actively supporting the States Parties to the various conventions in their efforts to review the processes and procedures to strengthen the effective implementation of these Conventions. In progress
OLA to support NS(RAS) Meetings. In progress
A CNS Officers Turnover Meeting was held in Vienna, on 17 April 2013. The officers for the 5th Review Meeting provided feedback from previous review meetings and extraordinary meetings and shared experience with the officers elected for the 6th review Meeting. Completed
Establish the working group on effectiveness and transparency. Completed
Organize meetings of the working group on effectiveness and transparency. Completed
Support the organization of the Sixth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the CNS held on 24 March to 4 April 2014. Completed
A Topical Meeting on Comprehensive Approaches to Managing the Back End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle was organized at Agency s Headquarters in Vienna from 16 to 18 October 2013. The objective was to provide a forum for the exchange of information on approaches to managing the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle in a comprehensive manner. Completed
(Activity) The General Committee to consider the effectiveness of the Joint Convention (JC) and provide proposals. Completed
The General Committee to consider the effectiveness of the JC and provide proposals. Completed
Review the process of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. Completed
(Activity) Parties to consider the proposals at the next organizational and review meetings of the JC. Completed
A meeting of the Working Group of Experienced Officers of the CNS and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management was held in Vienna from 21 to 23 January 2013 to share experiences and identify potential improvements to the review processes under said Conventions. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to assist in this regard. In progress
Continue to assist States Parties in their efforts to strengthen the review processes and the effective implementation of the Conventions. In progress
(Activity) Competent Authorities to discuss the effectiveness of the Conventions. Completed
The sixth Meeting of Representatives of the Competent Authorities identified under the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency was held in April 2012. The Meeting provided, inter alia, an opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of these conventions and recognized the importance of enhancing the implementation of notification arrangements and sharing of information. Completed
The Meeting recommended that the Secretariat, in cooperation with the State Parties, explore proposals on mechanisms to improve and strengthen these conventions and expedite the implementation of the strategy contained in the final report of the International Action Plan for Strengthening the International Preparedness and Response System for Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies. Completed
(Activity) Parties to consider formal proposal(s) to amend the Early Notification Convention in accordance with its terms. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to assist in this regard. In progress
The Secretariat is actively supporting the States Parties to the various conventions in their efforts to review the processes and procedures to strengthen the effective implementation of these Conventions. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to assist in the implementation of the relevant activities identified in Action 3. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to carry out dedicated competence awareness missions seminars to Member States to encourage, inform and raise the awareness of national policy-makers about the importance of adhering to the relevant international legal instruments, upon request. In progress
OLA to provide requested bilateral legislative assistance. Planned
Awareness missions were dispatched to Ghana (October 2012), Malaysia (December 2012) and Thailand (July 2013). A follow-up mission to was dispatched to Vietnam in June 2013. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to provide bilateral legislative assistance to support Member States in drafting the required national nuclear legislation, upon request. Completed
The Secretariat has continued to undertake activities to highlight their importance. In particular, the Secretariat has continued to support Member States under its legislative assistance programme by assisting 21Member States, as well as the Territories under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, in reviewing their draft national nuclear legislation and by training scientific visitors (from Saudi Arabia and Vietnam) and fellows (from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, and Oman). Completed
The Secretariat also organized a briefing for experts on nuclear law in Vienna on 15 to 19 July 2013, which provided advanced training in nuclear law, particularly on special issues on the international nuclear law governing the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear material and ionizing radiation and on civil liability for nuclear damage. The training course was designed to enable the Secretariat to create a pool of nuclear law experts who may be invited to participate or to deliver presentations in legislative assistance activities. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to hold the second annual session of the Nuclear Law Institute addressing all aspects of nuclear law and the development of additional training and reference materials including an e-learning platform and on-line courses. In progress
OLA to develop additional training and reference materials. In progress
The Secretariat to organize Annual session of the Nuclear Law Institute (NLI). In progress
The Secretariat s outreach capabilities are being further enhanced through, inter alia, the development of new online training material and a third volume of the Handbook on Nuclear Law, which will cover various areas of nuclear law beyond the regulatory matters covered in the previous two volumes. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to carry out briefings for Permanent Missions both in Vienna and Geneva on nuclear law matters. In progress
OLA to hold briefings. In progress
The Secretariat organized two workshops on nuclear law-one in Geneva, Switzerland on 29 April 2013 and another in Vienna on 15 July 2013. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat organized treaty events to promote adherence to the relevant international legal instruments. Completed
Organization of Treaty Events by OLA and IAEA. Completed
(Activity) Director General s statements promoting adherence in bi-lateral and Board meetings and, Parties to encourage other Member States to join the relevant international legal instruments. In progress
OLA inputs to DG s statements. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat and INLEX to propose and implement a strategy for facilitating and establishing a global nuclear liability regime -Special Session (DEC 2012) and Annual Meeting. In progress
OLA and INLEX to finalize the strategy and implement activities agreed at the INLEX Special Session e.g. missions to specific target states, on request. In progress
Organization of regular meetings of INLEX. In progress
A Special Session of INLEX was held at IAEA Headquarters, from 14 to 16 December 2011. Completed
Continue to organize and conduct workshops and briefings for Member States on nuclear law, including specific workshops on civil liability for nuclear damage. In progress
The Explanatory Text for the Joint Protocol on the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention, which was developed by INLEX, was published as IAEA International Law Series No. 5. Completed
A joint IAEA INLEX mission with the objective of informing national policy-makers about the international legal instruments relevant for achieving a global nuclear liability regime was held in Malaysia in August 2013 and in Nigeria in February 2014. Completed
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