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Sixth Review Meeting

The Sixth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety was held from 24 March to 4 April 2014 at the IAEA Headquarters, in Vienna, Austria.

DDG-NS, Mr Flory, made an opening statement and the President of the Sixth Review Meeting, Mr André-Claude Lacoste, made opening remarks and delivered a statement to the Opening Plenary.

The Director General addressed closing remarks at the Final Plenary Session. The summary report as well as the press release and the national reports for this 6th Review Meeting are available.

Background

The Convention on Nuclear Safety was adopted in Vienna on 17 June 1994. The Convention was drawn up during a series of expert level meetings from 1992 to 1994 and was the result of considerable work by Governments, national nuclear safety authorities and the Agency's Secretariat. Its aim is to legally commit participating States operating land-based nuclear power plants to maintain a high level of safety by setting international benchmarks to which States would subscribe.

The obligations of the Parties are based to a large extent on the principles contained in the IAEA Safety Fundamentals document "Fundamental Safety Principles (SF-1)". These obligations cover for instance, siting, design, construction, operation, the availability of adequate financial and human resources, the assessment and verification of safety, quality assurance and emergency preparedness.

The Convention is an incentive instrument. It is not designed to ensure fulfillment of obligations by Parties through control and sanction but is based on their common interest to achieve higher levels of safety which will be developed and promoted through regular meetings of the Parties. The Convention obliges Parties to submit reports on the implementation of their obligations for "peer review" at meetings of the Parties to be held at the IAEA. This mechanism is the main innovative and dynamic element of the Convention.

Status

The Convention entered into force on 24 October 1996. As of April 2014, there were 77 Contracting Parties. 10 Signatory Countries have not yet ratified the Convention.

Review Meetings

The Second Extraordinary Meeting and the Organizational Meeting for the Sixth Review Meeting was held from 27-31 August 2012. The Director General addressed opening remarks at the first session, and a summary report is available as well as main conclusions. National Reports for the Second Extraordinary Meeting are also available. The Sixth Review Meeting will be held from 24 March – 4 April 2014.

The First Extraordinary Meeting was held on 28 September 2009. The Organizational Meeting for the fifth Review Meeting was held on 29 September 2009. The Fifth Review Meeting was held from 4-14 April 2011. The Director General addressed opening remarks at the first session held on 4 April 2011. National Reports for the fifth Review Meeting have been submitted, and some may be accessed on national sites.

The fourth Organizational Meeting was held from 24-26 September 2007, and the fourth Review Meeting was held from 14-25 April 2008. The Deputy Director General addressed opening remarks at the first session held on 14 April 2008.

The Organizational Meeting for the third Review Meeting was held from 28 -30 September 2004, and the third Review Meeting was held from 11-22 April 2005. The Deputy Director General addressed concluding remarks at the final session held on 22 April 2005.

The Organizational Meeting for the second Review Meeting was held from 25-26 September 2001, and the second Review Meeting was held from 15-26 April 2002. The Director General addressed concluding remarks at the final session held on 26 April 2002.

The Organizational Meeting for the first Review Meeting was held from 29-30 September 1998, and the first Review Meeting was held from 12-23 April 1999.

National Reports

National reports have been made available from the following countries:

Sixth Review Meeting March/April 2014:

Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Croatia - Czech Republic - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany Greece - Hungary - India - Italy - Japan - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Republic of Korea - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United Kingdom - United States

Second Extraordinary Meeting August 2012:

Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Czech Republic - Estonia - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - India - Japan - Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Republic of Korea - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - Switzerland - United Arab Emirates - United States

Fifth Review Meeting April 2011:

Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Austria - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Croatia - Czech Republic - Estonia - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - India - Ireland - Japan - Republic of Korea - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Poland - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - Switzerland - United Arab Emirates - United Kingdom - United States

Fourth Review Meeting April 2008:

Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Austria - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Croatia - Czech Republic - Estonia - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - India - Ireland - Japan -Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Pakistan - Republic of Korea - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Ukraine -United Kingdom - United States

Third Review Meeting April 2005:

Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Austria - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada -Croatia - Czech Republic - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Ireland - Japan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Republic of Korea - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Ukraine - United Kingdom - United States

Second Review Meeting April 2002:

Argentina - Australia - Australia - Austria - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Croatia - Czech Republic - Euratom - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Ireland - Japan - Latvia - Lithuania - Netherlands - Norway - Republic of Korea - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Ukraine - United Kingdom - United States

First Review Meeting April 1999:

Argentina - Austria - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - Croatia - Czech Republic - Euratom - Finland - Germany - Hungary - Japan - Latvia - Lithuania - Mexico - Netherlands - Republic of Korea - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - United Kingdom

Answers to Questions

Answers to questions received in the process of reviewing national reports have been made available from the following countries:

Sixth Review Meeting March/April 2014:

Canada - Finland - France - Hungary - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - United Arab Emirates

Fifth Review Meeting April 2011:

Belgium - Canada - France - Greece - United States

Fourth Review Meeting April 2008:

Argentina - Belgium - Canada - France - Luxembourg - Slovenia - United Kingdom - United States

Third Review Meeting April 2005:

Belgium - Canada -France - Slovenia - United Kingdom - United States

Second Review Meeting April 2002:

Argentina - Australia - Belgium - Canada -Finland - France - Germany - Japan - Slovenia - Spain - United Kingdom - United States

First Review Meeting April 1999:

Finland - Slovenia

Related Translations


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Rules of Procedure and Financial Rules:

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Summary Report 2014:

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Summary Report 2012:

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Summary Report 2011:

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Summary Report 2008:

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Summary Report 2005:

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Summary Report 2002:

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Summary Report 1999:

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| Last update: Monday, June 23, 2014.