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Iraq Accedes to Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material

9 July 2014 | The Republic of Iraq deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the Agency's headquarters on 7 July 2014. On receiving the instrument of accession from the IAEA Resident Representative of Iraq, Ambassador Surood Rashid Najib, the Director General emphasized that universal adherence to the CPPNM strengthens and contributes to the international resolve ... Full story

Nuclear Forensics to be Explored In-depth at July Conference

30 June 2014 | The more than 350 attendees will review the role of nuclear forensics as an essential element of national nuclear security infrastructure; present recent scientific achievements and exchange experience and lessons learned related to the application of nuclear forensics; review current state-of-practice in the field; and identify advances in analytical tools. They will also propose and discuss mechanisms for achieving further international and regional cooperation, as well as propose ways to increase IAEA support to Member States that request assistance in developing... Full story»

Securing Nuclear Materials - The Way Forward

13 June 2014 | The entry into force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) is the single most important step which the international community can take in strengthening nuclear security globally. This was the key message highlighted by the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in his statement to delegates attending the Seminar on the Promotion of the Entry into Force of the 2005 Amendment to the CPPNM. Since 1999, the year when States began to identify the need to amend the... Full story»

Strengthening the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR)

29 May 2014 | The Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) gathers Member States from the Arab region who use nuclear technology in a variety of ways. While some Arab countries have a nuclear power programme or are interested in developing their nuclear energy capacity, most focus their uses on other nuclear applications (e.g. medical, industrial, research and agricultural applications). Nuclear safety and security capabilities being sometimes limited in the region, there has been a clear need for consolidation of national infrastructures and capacity building at the institutional, organizational... Full story»

Importance of Emergency Preparedness Stressed at Meeting of Competent Authorities

28 May 2014 | Continuous improvement of the national and international emergency preparedness and response (EPR) arrangements is crucial to the global nuclear safety regime. For five days last week in Vienna, Austria more than 140 delegates from some 80 countries and seven international organisations listened to, discussed and shared information on EPR arrangements and capabilities. They also discussed the status of implementation of two key conventions: the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear... Full story»

IAEA Team Reviews Safety Progress at French Nuclear Power Plant 19-23 May 2014

23 May 2014 | An international team of nuclear installation safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has evaluated the Gravelines Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in France to assess how the station has followed up on an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) mission undertaken in 2012. The IAEA assembled a team of experts at the request of the Government of France to conduct the follow-up OSART mission at Gravelines NPP from 19 to 23 May 2014. Follow-up missions are standard components of the OSART programme; they are typically... Full story»

Building Capacity for Safe, Secure and Sustainable Nuclear Energy Programmes

9 May 2014 | There are over 30 countries interested in building their first nuclear power reactor, according to Agency reports. These countries span virtually every continent and vary greatly in economic and social development, ranging from the high-income Gulf States to low-income Sub-Saharan African countries. The need for predictability of cost and energy security, as well as growing concerns over climate change and the need for clean energy make nuclear power an attractive alternative. Notwithstanding, the rapidly increasing worldwide demand for electricity over the... Full story»

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of Pakistan's Nuclear Regulatory Framework

9 May 2014 | Senior international nuclear experts today concluded a 12-day Integrated Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency that reviewed Pakistan's regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. The mission reviewed the effectiveness of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) in regulating the safety of the use of nuclear and radioactive material. The authority's mandate covers nuclear power plants, research reactors, waste... Full story»

Strengthening the Global Safety Framework: IAEA Hosts 35th Meeting of Commission on Safety Standards

8 May 2014 | Continuing to strengthen nuclear safety and to facilitate the application of safety standards across the world are core goals of the IAEA in its safety standards programme for the peaceful applications of nuclear energy. Twice a year, the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards (CSS) meets to approve proposals for safety standards as well as to endorse finalized draft standards for approval by the IAEA Board of Governors. The CSS is a standing body that provides advice to the Director General on the IAEA safety programme and oversees four safety standards committees that... Full story»

Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) meets with the European Commission to discuss regulatory support for embarking countries

16 April 2014 | Member States belonging to the RCF work with the IAEA and each other to achieve this goal by sharing knowledge and expertise needed to support the establishment of nuclear safety regulatory bodies in newcomer countries. Some 40 representatives from 20 countries and international organizations, as well as the IAEA, met in Brussels, Belgium between 7 and 10 April 2014 to focus on support provided by mature regulators to assist newcomers in meeting the challenges inherent in developing their respective nuclear regulatory safety... Full story»

European, African Experts Take Part in IAEA Emergency Preparedness and Response Workshop in Fukushima Prefecture

7 April 2014 | An IAEA workshop to help build the capacity of European and African countries to prepare for, and respond to, nuclear or radiological emergencies is being held in Fukushima Prefecture this week. During the workshop, taking place from 7 to 11 April 2014, 18 participants from 10 countries will strengthen their skills in radiation monitoring, environmental sampling and other related topics. The participants will take part in working sessions organized at the IAEA's RANET Capacity Building Centre in Fukushima City, as well as in field exercises in areas of Fukushima... Full story»

Workshop on Global Safety Culture - National Factors Relevant to Safety Culture

7 April 2014 | The IAEA will host a four-day workshop on National Factors Relevant to Safety Culture, in Vienna from 8 to 11 April. More than 50 experts and participants from over 26 countries will attend the workshop. During the course of this expert-led workshop, participants will discuss topics on building a sound safety culture in a multi-cultural nuclear environment, learn about the national factors in various member states that contribute to or detract from an overall strong safety culture, discuss best practices... Full story»

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